Everyone knows that walking is good for the heart but not everyone is able to track exactly how far they have walked unless they have a pedometer. Take the guesswork out of walking with a pedometer that tracks the number of steps you take in a day or in a trek. You can quickly get a better impression of how much you are really walking and whether you are meeting your fitness goal. In the long term a pedometer can be a useful tool for maintaining or increasing physical fitness.
Choosing a Pedometer
Pedometers are quite inexpensive and most cost between $10 and $30. Just because you see one that costs more doesn't meant that it will be more accurate. It just means that you might get extra features, such as a GPS device expect to dish out more than $100. Calorie counting monitors fall somewhere closer to the bottom end of the scale.
For anyone interested in doing more than just walking (like aerobics, biking, or other cardiovascular sports) a heart rate monitor may actually be a better choice than a pedometer. Heart rate monitors offer a wide range of features and are actually better at monitoring overall fitness.
* The most important things to look for on any pedometer is a comfortable fit. Most are belt clip style (worn slightly below the waist) and on the thigh (for walking). Some can be worn on the wrist, upper arm or shoe depending on the model type (these types are usually for running). Keep in mind that if worn incorrectly, either because it is uncomfortable or not the right style for your type of activity, accuracy of the device suffers.
* Stopwatch function allows you to time yourself.
* Backlit display makes reading results much easier. Big, clear numbers and graphics also help.
* An input for Age/Height/Weight/Gender is standard on a calorie counting pedometer.
* A warning beep to keep you in your target heart rate range is important to have on a pedometer that tracks heart rate too.