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Whether you are interested in doing 10,000 steps a day, wondering how your walking is doing, or wanting a device to help keep track of your running progress, the pedometer will help you know how you are doing. These light, pager-size devices, worn usually on the waist or hip, come with a range of options from just a few basic functions to ones with multiple functions including GPS and Internet connections for detailed information. To help decide which pedometer you want, here are a few things to consider:

  • Look for a pedometer that measures the number of steps taken, total distance traveled, and the amount of calories used. You'll find that all three of these measurements will be handy. If your workout pattern is irregular, you may also find it helpful to have the pedometer accumulate the statistics daily and weekly.
  • A built in clock so you don't have to carry a wristwatch to keep track of the time, as well as a stopwatch / alarm function to track individual workouts.
  • Make sure the display is easily readable, even as you are moving; you don't want to have to stop to check your progress. If you work out at dawn, dusk, or at night, pick a model with a a lighted display.
  • If you want to measure distance, make sure the pedometer allows you to adjust the stride measurement. This is particularly important if two people share the same pedometer.

One last consideration: you may want to buy a safety leash for your pedometer to reduce the chances of dropping and/or losing it.

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