Pedometers are small, portable devices which can be used to count steps using a pendulum mechanism which detects motion of the hips.
While activity trackers are now widely available and accessible, pedometers are still used to track steps for individuals who may not have access to a smart phone or wrist worn activity tracker, as well as universities and research clinics for activity monitoring.
You can purchase 10,000 Steps merchandise such as hats, waterbottles and dog leashes, as well as other activity trackers from our supplier Health Management Group at 10000steps.net.au.
For merchandise enquiries, please contact HMG's friendly team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 1800 000 180.
Keep in mind, many people now own smart phones and/or wristworn devices that can be used to track their steps accurately. If you are looking to run a step challenge with your workplace or organisation, it may be worth seeking Expressions of Interest for pedometers before making a large purchase.
To ensure the pedometer functions correctly, it must be clipped securely to your belt, pants or skirt just above the hip in line with your knee. The pedometer must remain vertical as it counts steps using a pendulum mechanism. Ensure that it is set to zero each morning and remember to take it off at night before bed. Record steps on paper, in a logbook electronically or directly into the 10,000 Steps smart phone application or website. Safety straps can be purchased to ensure that pedometers do not fall off clothing accidentally. To find out more about how pedometers function, view our article on Counting Your Steps.