Setting up and caring for your Walking Buddy
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If at any time your Walking Buddy does not display correctly, please reset it by inserting a pin into the “RESET” hole in the back of the unit and carefully pressing down until the pedometer resets itself to the factory settings. This will correct most errors.
DO clip your pedometer onto your belt, waistband or horizontal pocket
DON’T clip your pedometer to a slanted pocket
DO wear your pedometer in such a way that it remains in a horizontal position.
DON’T wear your pedometer where your tummy could push it out of horizontal alignment
CALCULATE YOUR STRIDE
Please take the time to calculate your correct stride length, because it will affect the accuracy of your kilometre readings. A stride is the distance taken during one step, measured from toe point to toe point.
The best method of determining your stride length is to take an average:
On a level surface, make a mark and stand with your toe point just behind that mark. Walk 10 steps trying to keep your stride and rhythm as natural as possible. Make a mark in front of the toe point of the 10th stride.
Measure the distance between the marks, then convert this measurement to centimetres and average it.
Total length between lines = 6.5 metres
Convert that measurement to centimetres = 6.5m x 100 = 650cm
Divide this measurement by the number of steps = 650cm ÷ 10 = 65 cm
Therefore the stride length you enter into the Walking Buddy is 65.
- Your jogging or running stride will differ from your walking stride – perform the same test but over 100m to determine your running stride length
- Your stride length will change depending on the terrain – up hill (shorter stride) or down fill (longer stride) – but it will average out to your normal stride over the course of a day
THE 20 STEP TEST
Everyone has a unique walking style, which can affect the pedometer accuracy, so please perform this quick test to make sure that your pedometer is optimally positioned on your body to give you the most accurate readings:
- Press the MODE button and select the STEP function,
- Attach your pedometer to your waistband in a position where the pedometer is level,
- Press and hold the RESET button for 2 seconds to reset the step counter to 0,
- Walk twenty steps at your normal pace and stride,
- After the 20th step, stop and check the number of steps your pedometer has registered,
- The display should read between 19 and 21 steps.
If it does not, then move your pedometer to a different place on your waistband and repeat the exercise until you find the position on your body that is the most accurate for you, this could be anywhere from your belly button to the small of your back.
FACTORS THAT CAN INFLUENCE YOUR PEDOMETER’S READINGS:
- Walking too slowly or erratically, walking on a soft surface or scuffing your feet
- The pedometer is incorrectly positioned – refer to our correct position section
THE 6 STEP FILTER FUNCTION
To improve it’s accuracy your pedometer has a built-in filter function that screens out walks of under 6 steps.
When the pedometer does not detect any motion a “M” is displayed in the bottom left hand corner of the display. Immediately the pedometer detects movement this M disappears and the pedometer begins to count steps, however while the first five are taken the display remains at 00000, and only on the 6th step does it display 00006 steps in the step count mode.
If you do not walk more than 6 continuous steps, then pedometer “drops” the steps taken from its count, this helps prevent movements made while standing or sitting been added to your daily step count.
REPLACING THE BATTERY
When the LCD display starts to fade or switches off, it is an indication that the battery needs to be replaced. Your pedometer uses a AG13 cell button battery obtainable at chemists, watch repair shops and jewellers. Always replace the flat battery with a fresh battery, not a used one. Your pedometer has sensitive electronic components, please handle it with care.
- Carefully loosen the two screws on the back of the pedometer and remove the back cover
- Gently slide the battery out of the harness
- Fit a new AG13 button cell battery,with the positive (+) side facing up.
- Carefully replace the back cover, taking care not to over-tighten the screws
There are no serviceable parts inside your pedometer. If you have damaged your pedometer please contact us to ascertain whether it can be repaired by our technicians.
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