History of Pedometers

Pedometers seem to be a recent development – being one of those new-fangled equipment with bells and whistles and timeless LCD screens. The truth is that it was invented long ago. How long? Try 200 plus years.

Pedometers have ascended from the obscurity of being technological oddities to being one of the most important tools a health buff could ever want. Although at first glance it may seem that a pedometer is merely a high-tech counting tool, in reality it does more than just that.

With a pedometer, you can calculate and increase your activity everyday so that you can get the benefits of exercise without even noticing too hard that you are exercising at all. All it takes is a goal, and you can work this into your daily routine with the help of a pedometer.

But how was this kind of technology heralded 200 years past. It all starts with Thomas Jefferson. Yes, the founding father himself – former president of the United States and all-around hero to walkers and runners everywhere.

It turns out that Mr. Jefferson was not only a great statesman and politician; he was also quite the inventor and Renaissance man as well. He is credited with inventing such everyday things like the swivel chair, the dumbwaiter, the hideaway bed, and last, but definitely not the least, it was his greatness that invented macaroni and cheese.

But lest we digress, one of his more practical inventions was the pedometer. While today’s pedometers are tiny, electronic devices the size of a dime or a pager (depending on the manufacturer), their basic principles remain the same.

Most pedometers have arms that are balanced and cause sensors to detect the movement generated by steps or strides. Most pedometers today still use this basic principle – albeit with certain improvements and variations. This design is simple but effective –so effective that it is still used today in this fashion.

Most pedometers are actually accurate enough to go along with. They are lightweight, sturdy, and cheap. They do their job well enough to keep even the most discriminating people smiling.

Event the simplest pedometers around are immediately usable and help motivate people towards better health. They can help people make and meet health goals that are suddenly attainable and measurable.

With all these good things going for it, there is not much room for badmouthing, or isn’t there?

Due to its mechanical component, the pedometer is not known for its accuracy. It is possible that some extra movements will cause the pedometer to become a tad bit inaccurate. For example, if you jiggle it a bit as you run, you could very well upset the normal rhythm of the mechanism, and could cause your pedometer to count a few steps extra or lacking.

Even in the light of these shortcomings, it remains that the pedometer can still serve as a very handy tool – warts and all. Most people, especially when they accept the limitation of their devices, are pretty pleased with the performance of their devices.

These devices do a good job of helping one keep track of the strides he or she has taken and is a great motivational tool for anyone to move just a little bit more out of their comfort zones towards better health and wellness.