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I *love* the idea of pedometers.

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

I had a traditional one, measured out my stride, wore it on my waist. I know I walked 1.5 miles or more. Only counted a few hundred steps. Tried clipping it to my bra, putting it in my pocket, always inaccurate results. I thought maybe my stride just wasn't bouncy enough to count or something?

I thought when I got my ipod that the one on there would work better, since it's supposed to have what they call "an accelerometer" (nano, 5th gen).

First time I tried it, I walked a loop that google maps tells me is a little over 2 miles. It recorded less than 800 steps. I've had it on when I've been active all day, running around different buildings and for the whole day, it recorded maybe 1500 steps. There's just no way. I walked 6 miles one day last year, only recorded a little over 2k steps.

I've tried holding in my hand, in an armband, in my pocket, tucked into my bra.

The only thing that seems to work is if it's in my immobile hand and I'm actually watching it. And THAT takes all the fun out of going for a walk.

So, those of you that use pedometers and have them record accurately, is there a trick to it, or what?

Ishtar
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