A pedometer safety leash provides extra security that it will stay attached rather than hitting the floor or slipping away unnoticed. Some pedometers come with a leash, while with others you need to buy it separately or make one yourself.
Alligator Clip Pedometer Leash
How to Make a Larks Head Knot
Some pedometer leashes have a quick-release clip on the lanyard so you can detach the pedometer without releasing the alligator clip from your waistband.
The safety leash may have an O-ring of a thinner cord for attaching to the pedometer. This is necessary for some pedometers that have small holes to thread the leash through.
Making Your Own Pedometer Leash
Use any cord or string.
Knot the cord to form a loop.
Attach one end to the alligator clip or safety pin. A larks head knot works best.
Attach the other end to your pedometer using a larks head knot. The best place to attach it is usually around the built-in clip on the pedometer -- the thing you don't trust to stay attached to your waistband.
Now pin or clip the safety leash to your waistband each time you wear your pedometer.
Repurposing Items as a Pedometer Leash
Using a Leash with a Pocket Pedometer
Even more challenging, many of them are round and smooth and there is no obvious way to put a leash on it. Unless they come with a detachable clip, you are out of luck in leashing them.
If there is a way to attach a leash, do so and then pin or clip it to your pocket opening. Then you won't lose it unnoticed as you walk throughout the day. Also, it is one more clue that you need to take the pedometer out of your pocket at the end of the day rather than sending it through the laundry.
If you carry your pocket pedometer in a purse or pack, it is wise to use a security leash to attach it to a loop or keyholder so you don't lose it. It will also make it easier to locate to read your step count throughout the day.