Setting a goal of walking 10,000 steps a day could motivate you to become active enough to gain the health benefits of exercise. You count steps automatically with a pedometer. Regular exercise also helps keep lost weight from returning.
Thanks to the Internet, you can waste spend hours reviewing features of pedometers before you make a purchase.
Consumer Reports magazine in February, 2009, reviewed pedometers and their #1 Best Buy recommendation was the Omron HJ 112, which you can clip to your belt or waistband, or carry in your purse. Available for around $15-30 (U.S. dollars).
No. 2 was the Accusplit AE 170 XLG ($30-35). The Accusplit AE 170 is probably just as good. The only differences I see are that you can enter specific goals into the XLG and it tracks your progress and the time you’re moving.
The Omron HIP (HJ 150, $20) is also very popular and probably the simplest one to use on this page.
The guys at Obesity Panacea blog recommend the Omron HJ-303 ($35), which you can carry in your pocket instead of clipped to your waistband.
You don’t have to be a marathoner or gym rat to gain most of the health benefits of exercise. Why not start a walking program today?
Disclosure: I was not paid to mention these products. I haven’t owned or used any of them. If you are a device manufacturer or sales representative and would like me to try your pedometer, please contact me by e-mail.