Q: Why does my treadmill report a different mileage distance than my pedometer?

A: Some people find that if they wear their pedometer while walking on a treadmill, their pedometer might report a different mileage reading than the treadmill.

For some people, this discrepancy can be troublesome because they don't know whether their treadmill is off or the pedometer is off.

There are three possibilities for such discrepancies: First, unless you have your treadmill calibrated regularly, it is most likely inaccurate. The only treadmills that are calibrated regularly are probably those in human performance labs or cardiac centers. A second possibility is that you've figured your stride length inaccurately. We provide three different ways to figure your stride length in the User's Guide & Record Book that comes with each of our DIGI-WALKER pedometers. A third possibility has to do with the change in the length of your stride as you change the speed or incline on your treadmill. You must realize that your stride length does not remain constant.

Q: Will a pedometer work on stairs? I want to increase my activity by using the stairs in our apartment building. If it works on stairs, how is stride on stairs calculated?

A: Your pedometer will count your steps as you go up and down stairs, but it will calculate the distance based on the walking stride length that you entered into your pedometer. I wouldn't advise trying to figure out a "stair stride length" for the distance calculation. Ultimately, everyone's goal is to increase physical activity energy expenditure to about 300-400 kilocalories per day to achieve the most health benefits. The simplest way to do that is taking 10,000 steps a day, and that includes steps taken going uphill and downhill, steps taken going up stairs and down stairs and steps taken walking on level ground. I think your decision to use the stairs in your apartment building is a great one! Your DIGI-WALKER pedometer will count each step (stair).

Q: What is the stride length increment for the NL-2000? Does this model also measure distance?

A: The NL-2000 does not calculate distance, so you don't need to enter stride length. The NL-2000 counts steps, calculates activity Calories (those burned through activity and exercise), and calculates total Calories (a combination of your activity Calories, and the Calories you burn at rest).

Q: Will my pedometer work when riding a bike or must it be a walking/running activity?

A: A pedometer may record some cycling activity (pedal revolutions perhaps), but a pedal revolution will not expend the energy that a walking or running step will expend. Ultimately we are trying to measure/estimate energy expenditure. There are cyclo-computers for bikes that are very inexpensive. You might consider using one of them.