Pedometers (step counters) are more accurate at counting steps than they are at measuring the number of calories you burn.
The more accurate your pedometer is at counting your steps however, the more accurate it will be at estimating the ‘calories burned’. Check how accurate your pedometer is.
Your weight affects the number of calories you burn during exercise. (The more you weigh, the more calories you burn.)
Enter your weight into your pedometer (if it’s an option) to increase the accuracy of your calorie count.
Other factors that affect the number of calories you burn cannot be determined by your pedometer:
Because of this, the calorie count on your pedometer is simply an estimate.
Source: Crouter, S.E., Schneider, P.L., Karabulut, M., Bassett, D.R., Validity of 10 Electronic Pedometers for Measuring Steps, Distance, and Energy Cost. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 35, No. 8, pp. 1455-1460, 2003.
All calorie counts are estimates, whether you’re getting them from your pedometer, exercise machine, online calorie calculator, or smart phone app. Estimate the number of calories you burn during exercise.
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