Step FAQs

01/12/2013

Will a pedometer help me lose weight?
Yes! When used correctly to increase your daily physical activity in conjunction with a healthy diet you will burn more energy. It is suggested that achieving at least 10000 steps a day will assist in weight loss and maintenance. Pedometers have been shown to be very effective as motivational tools to encourage people to be more active.

Can I get a replacement pedometer?
If your pedometer is malfunctioning, then please contact WFR, and we will issue a new one ASAP.
If your pedometer has been lost, dropped, broken, or submerged in water, then this will incur a $20 replacement fee before you receive your new pedometer.

How far is 10,000 steps?
10,000 steps is approximately 8 kilometres and 1 hour 30 minutes of walking. However, these figures will vary according to stride length and walking speed. 

Can I use the pedometer when I play contact sports?
Wear your pedometer once during a training session or game, and then record the steps you achieve at the end of the session. When doing this it is suggested that you put the pedometer on your underwear and secure it down with Sports tape. 

Can the pedometer be used to gauge my fitness?
Not the G-sensor. This pedometer only measures steps, not your body’s response to exercise.

How do I make sure my pedometer is working?
Wear the pedometer in the correct position and re-set the step function to zero. Then walk 20 steps. Without taking the step-counter off, simply open the pedometer and check the number of steps registered. If the count is 19, 20 or 21 it’s correctly positioned. If not, check and adjust the position of the pedometer and repeat the test. You may have to experiment to find the best placement for your body type. For example, if you have a protruding tummy you may need to position it at the side of your hip, as it must remain in a vertical position (less than a 30 degree angle) to function properly.

Are pedometers waterproof?
No! Try to avoid putting your pedometer in the pool, the shower, through the wash, or dropping it in the toilet bowl. The clamshell style does a very good job of 'resisting' water - but, they are not designed to be submerged.  However, if you do get your pedometer wet - try letting it dry out and see if it works again.

How do I attach my pedometer if I am wearing a dress or overalls?
Attach the pedometer to the waistband of your underwear in the correct position.

How do I stop my pedometer from registering rough driving?
Unfortunately, when driving over rough terrain in the bush or underground in a mine, the bouncing of the vehicle will register false steps, even when you place the pedometer flat on a horizontal surface in the vehicle.   This problem is going to be a hard one to manage for those of you who have to drive over rough terrain in your jobs, but we also need you to log your steps accurately.  For certain types of jobs you can use your average daily steps during work hours.

Will a pedometer work for bike riding?
No...it's designed specifically for walking, jogging, or running. If your pedometer registers steps when riding, then they are just included in your total steps.

Can I use a conversion method to estimate steps for when I cycle or do other exercise?
No...to keep the event simple, WFR has decided not to use any exercise conversion.  You just put your pedometer on when you wake in the morning, go about your normal day and normal exercise,  and take it off at night before bed to log your steps (removing it for any water based activities).

More FAQs can be found in the event guide downloaded from http://www.worksite.com.au/challenge/step-to-your-health/