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Runners Only: Pedometers – Key Features to Consider

By MICHAEL KILBY
Published: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 1:53 PM

There are many health benefits to be had by wearing a pedometer and using it regularly and properly. A pedometer is a device that measures the number of steps an individual takes.

Pedometers are available from several companies and come in a variety of styles and range in price anywhere from $15 – $120. Buying the most expensive pedometer is the way to get the best pedometer, right? Sometimes, but in this particular case, price does not always matter. Those who use pedometers increased their steps by 2,100 per day on the average, or 20 minutes straight of continuous walking which is a 30 percent increase in daily steps.  For less than twenty-five dollars you can purchase a pedometer and it will help you lose weight without going broke.

If you are interested in knowing the distance you cover in your walking or running, get a pedometer with a distance calculation. Many walkers and runners are looking for what they call a GPS pedometer. There is one for skiers and crosstrainers, one for water sports, and more. It’s up to you to decide how many fancy bells and whistles you would like on your pedometer. Wear the pedometer on your belt or directly on your waistband right over your front pocket. There are also many models in the style of a wristwatch.

Establish a base figure of how many steps a day you take right now on average. A good program can help you stay on track until you meet your health and fitness goals. The important thing is to get out and move!

About the Author
M. Kilby along with his father are avid outdoorsman offering quality Pedometers and other outdoor gear from Blue Lake Tackle, LTD

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