Using Your Pedometer
Your new pedometer automatically tracks every step you take, so you can actually see how your steps accumulate throughout the day. Using it is as easy as 1-2-3!

To open the pedometer:
  1. Find the word "open" - located in the middle of the pedometer - along the top edge of the pedometer.
  2. Gently push forward the cover clip located above the word "open." Note: The cover is designed to close tightly so the pedometer works most effectively. Should the cover not want to open, push the cover clip "up" slightly as you push it forward to help loosen the seal.
Wearing the pedometer:
  1. Put the pedometer on when you first get up in the morning and wear it all day long.
  2. Check the pedometer periodically throughout the day. This will give you constant feedback on how well you are doing in regard to reaching your daily step goal.

To get the most accurate reading from your pedometer, wear the pedometer in the following way:
  • Wear the pedometer snugly against your body, attached to a belt or waistline on your clothing. If your clothing doesn't have a waistband, you can attach your pedometer to a piece of elastic tied around your waist or your underwear. Also, you can secure it tightly with a safety pin.
  • Try to have the pedometer line up with the crease on your pants or the center of your kneecap.
  • The pedometer should be parallel to the ground. If it is tilted to one side or the other, it will not give you an accurate recording of your steps. The pedometer must be closed in order for it to work.
Note: Be assured that we have selected the most accurate pedometer on the market. In fact, in comparison studies, this pedometer was determined to be the most accurate of those tested. However, no pedometer is 100 percent accurate. This pedometer is provided to you as a tool to estimate steps taken. Although it tends to underestimate the distance traveled when you walk fast or jog, it overestimates the distance when you take small steps around your house or workplace. So it all balances out and produces a highly accurate estimate of your total activity.

Counting steps for other activities
Your pedometer works whenever you are taking steps. For those times when you choose an activity other than walking, check the chart below to determine the activity's equivalent number of steps.

Simply multiply the number of minutes you did the activity by the number of steps indicated on the chart. For example, 30 minutes of mopping equals 3030 steps. (30 minutes x 101).

For activities not listed below, find the one(s) most similar and estimate the step value. You can also estimate steps by knowing that 2,000 steps equals one mile.

Note: To receive the most accurate "step equivalent" we recommend that you remove your pedometer when choosing an activity other than walking. [But do not reset your pedometer to zero!] It is best to use the step conversion chart to calculate your steps during a “non-walking” activity — then add those steps to the total number reflected on your pedometer at the end of the day.

Number of steps per minute for selected activities

Aerobics, high impact 203 Orienteering 260
Aerobics, low impact 145 Painting 131
Aerobics, step 246 Pilates 101
Badminton, casual 131 Ping-pong 116
Badminton, competitive 203 Racquetball, casual 203
Basketball, game 230 Racquetball, competitive 290
Basketball, recreational 174 Raking leaves 125
Bicycling, leisurely 116 Roller skating 203
Bicycling, stationary 203 Rowing, light 101
Bowling 87 Rowing, moderate 203
Boxing 348 Running, 10 mph (6 min/mile) 463
Canoeing, light 87 Running, 8 mph (7.5 min/mile) 391
Chopping wood, around home 174 Running, 6 mph (10 min/mile) 290
Circuit Training 232 Running, 5 mph (12 min/mile) 232
Cross-country skiing, intense 260 Scuba diving 203
Cross-country skiing, moderate 232 Show shoveling 174
Cross-country skiing, slow 203 Snowboarding, light 150
Dancing 131 Snowboarding, moderate 182
Downhill skiing 174 Soccer, recreational 203
Elliptical trainer 203 Soccer, competitive 290
Firewood, carrying 145 Softball 145
Firewood, sawing with handsaw 217 Squash 348
Firewood, stacking 145 Stair climbing, machine 260
Football 260 Stair climbing, moderate 334
Gardening, light 116 Stair climbing, slow 232
Gardening, heavy 174 Stair climbing, vigorous 434
Gardening, weeding 131 Stretching 72
Golfing, without a cart 131 Swimming, backstroke 203
Golfing, with a cart 101 Swimming, breaststroke 290
Grocery Shopping 67 Swimming, butterfly 319
Handball 348 Swimming, freestyle 203
Hiking, 10-20 lb. load 217 Swimming, leisure 174
Hiking, 21-42 lb. load 232 Swimming, treading water 116
Hiking, general 172 Tae Kwon Do 290
Horseback riding 116 Tai Chi 116
Horseback riding, trotting 188 Tennis, doubles 174
Housework, light 72 Tennis, singles 232
Housework, mopping floors 101 Trampoline 101
Housework, scrubbing floors 110 Volleyball, game 232
Housework, vacuuming 101 Volleyball, leisure 87
Housework, washing windows 87 Wash the car 87
Ice skating 203 Water aerobics 116
Judo 290 Water skiing 174
Jumping rope, fast 348 Wax the car 131
Jumping rope, moderate 290 Weight lifting, moderate 87
Karate 290 Weight lifting, vigorous 174
Kickboxing 290 Yard Work 145
Mowing 160 Yoga 72

I've had my pedometer for more than a year and it's no longer tracking steps. What's wrong?

Most likely, your pedometer's battery needs to be replaced. Here's how:
  1. Hold your pedometer so the front cover is facing you.
  2. Look along the bottom edge of the pedometer to locate the cover access slot.
  3. Insert the edge of a coin into the slot.
  4. Twist the coin to pop open and remove the front cover of the pedometer.
  5. Remove and replace the LR-44 battery with a new one. Batteries can be purchased from your local drug store or any place that sells watch or camera batteries.
  6. Place the front cover back on the pedometer, making sure it snaps back on tightly.
  7. Follow your local waste management guidelines to recycle the old battery.
I think my pedometer is defective.

First, double-check to make sure you're wearing your pedometer correctly. If the pedometer isn't positioned correctly, it won't track steps correctly. Review the above information on how to wear your pedometer. If this doesn't help, contact HealthPartners and we'll replace it at no cost for up to 30 days after you enroll in the program. Just mail your defective pedometer, along with your name, address to:
HealthPartners, Inc.
21111H - HealthPartners 10,000 Steps®
P.O. Box 1309
Minneapolis, MN 55440-1309
 
 
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