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Cheap step counters 'inaccurate'

26th June 2006

Cheap pedometers should not be used for public health measures because they are inaccurate, doctors have warned.

The findings are based on almost 1,000 pedometers, tested out by 35 volunteers aged 20-60. Each volunteer was given 30 cheap pedometers and one sophisticated model, and compared the results for six days.

Three in four of the cheap pedometers produced results which were more than 10 per cent outside the actual figure, while one in three had a variation of more than 50 per cent.

The report, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggested a quality kite mark for pedometers.


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