Research brief: Cheap pedometers are inaccurate

Cheap pedometers are inaccurate and should not be used as part of a weight-loss programme, Belgian researchers have said. Almost 1,000 pedometers were tested by 35 volunteers, who wore five pedometers at a time to record the daily steps they took over six days. When pedometer readings were compared with a standardised device, the researchers found that 74 per cent of pedometers over- or underestimated the number of steps by 10 per cent, with a third deviating by more than 50 per cent (http://bjsm.bmjjournals.com).

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