Pedometers Can Help People With Arthritis Stay Active

Study Results Show Benefits of Increased Activity in People With Arthritis

A pedometer is a device that counts the number of steps you take in a day, helping you track your activity level. Staying as active as possible is an important aspect of managing arthritis symptoms. Often, people with arthritis, especially inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are hesitant to increase their activity level. Many people associate activity with increased symptoms. Actually, according to study results presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, using a pedometer to track the number of steps taken was associated with lower fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers from the University of California in San Francisco evaluated predictors of fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Physical inactivity was associated with each of the predictors - disease activity, obesity, depression, and sleep disturbance. Researchers, believing that physical inactivity was an important factor, recruited patients for a study which assessed the impact of increased physical activity on fatigue related to rheumatoid arthritis. It became obvious that just by wearing a pedometer, patients were able to increase their activity level and decrease fatigue.

If you are interested in buying and trying a pedometer, I have compiled a list of popular brands. Check out these pedometers and activity trackers. It may serve as the perfect "coach" for you.


Pedometers: The New Prescription for Rheumatoid Arthritis. November 09, 2015.

Omron HJ-150 Hip Pedometer

Omron pedometer

The Omron hip pedometer counts steps accurately and it automatically resets daily. It stores up to 7 days of data in its memory.

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Sandistore Waterproof LCD Run Step Pedometer Walking distance Calorie Counter

Sandistore pedometer

The Sandistore Pedometer has three counting modes. It counts steps,  distance, and calories. A sleep mode is triggered within 3 minutes of no step counting or no buttons pressed. There is a memory function as well, which keeps a 7-day history of steps, distance, and calories.

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OZO Fitness Pedometer SC1

OZO Fitness pedometer

The OZO Fitness Pedometer is an easy to use activity tracker. It is compact, yet has a large display. The auto-shut off and low battery warning are convenient features.

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Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, Black, Large


The Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband tracks steps taken, distance, calories, stairs climbed, and the minutes you were active. You can also automatically monitor your sleep, wake to a silent alarm, and receive call notifications. Real-time run stats are accessible. Stats can be synced to your computer or smart phone.

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Life Fitness Ultra Digital Pedometer

Life Fitness pedometer

The Life Fitness Ultra Digital Pedometer HJ-720ITLF tracks your stride and keeps results for 7 days in its memory. It can be kept in a pocket or purse.

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Digi 1st P-150 Dual Step Pedometer

Digi 1st pedometer

The Digi 1st P-150 Dual Step Pedometer records the number of steps taken, up to 999,999 steps. It separately tracks daily and cumulative steps. An irregular movement filter improves accuracy.

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Juboury Bluetooth Activity Fitness Tracker

Juboury pedometer

The Juboury Bluetooth Activity Fitness Tracker is a smart wristband which tracks steps, calories, distance, time, and sleep quality. The data can be synced with iOS and Android using Bluetooth. It has a silent wake alarm.

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Walk With Ease Starter Kit

Walk With Ease kit

The Walk With Ease Starter Kit, from the Arthritis Foundation, comes with a guidebook and a workbook to help you start a walking program. There is also a pedometer in the kit to track your distance. It records up to 99,999 steps. Kit also contains a shoe wallet, reflective slap band, and a recyclable drawstring bag.

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Pedusa PE-771 Tri-Axis Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer

Pedusa pedometer

The Pedusa pedometer records activity in your pocket, purse, or  anywhere. It tracks steps, distance, and calories. It has a 7-day memory and a goal setting function.

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Garmin Forerunner 15 Large, Black/Blue

Garmin pedometer

The Garmin Forerunner 15 counts your steps, calories, and distance throughout the day. There is an inactivity indicator which motivates you to move when if you have been idle too long. You can choose a model with or without a heart rate monitor. Forerunner 15 also lets you know when you set a new fastest mile or longest run to date. You can upload to Garmin Connect to see your runs on a map.

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