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Problem is, I can never get one to work right for me. I don't know why.

I have an answer. You walk too smoothly. I didn't totally buy the notion that they "don't work so well for the overweight" so I posed the question on my trainer forum where we did our little experiment last year. Various answers that weren't particularly helpful but, one guy is an engineer by training and explained that it's not so much being overweight as having a lower amplitude/less sprightly walk so the acceleration/deceleration levels aren't reached in order to register a "step"

I gave it a try with my own.....sashaying around the house like a trainee debutante. Sure enough, the unit barely registered any movement. The phone rang and during the course of a 10 minute or so phone convo with my daughter, I must've been clomping around in my usual style because when I looked, sure enough a good few hundred "step" were recorded.

One side shoot of that thread was that the dietician who was so interested in my experiment was just about to submit a grant application to study pedometer usage in her obese population to see how the measurement of daily energy expenditure compared with the sort of results you get when these are measured accurately in a laboratory. NO one had thought to factor in how pedometers themselves work for any one individual. So, a little bit more work on checking the device but a whole grant re-write saved!
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