Is the calorie count on my pedometer accurate?

Is the calorie count on my pedometer accurate?

The ‘calories burned’ on your pedometer is an estimate.

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.

Factors that affect ‘calories burned’

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:

  • the type of exercise you’re doing.
  • the intensity of your exercise.
  • your fitness level.

Because of this, the calorie count on your pedometer is simply an estimate.

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.

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.
American College of Sports Medicine. (2011). Selecting and Effectively Using a Pedometer. (Brochure). Schneider, P. Ph.D.

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