The Downside of Wearing a Pedometer
Do you use a pedometer or wearable activity tracker to count your steps? If so, watch out for a possible downside: By keeping track, you might move more but enjoy it less—and eventually stop. In one study, 91 students wore a pedometer and checked it regularly. Another group wore a covered pedometer so that only the researchers could see the step count. Those who monitored their steps walked farther than those who didn’t but reported enjoying it less. If this describes you, it may be best to simply walk for fun and stop counting, researchers say.
Source: Journal of Consumer Research, published online Dec. 21, 2015