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08/11/04

Money Wise--Picking a Pedometer

Lots of folks these days are losing weight and trying to stay in shape. Walking is one of the best ways to do that, and now you can keep track of how far you go with a nifty little gadget, the pedometer. The saying goes: a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and that single step can also jump start your weight loss program.

"Studies have shown that people who walk 10,000 steps a day have lower body fat," said Lynda Kim with the Good Housekeeping Institute.

You're already walking, but how to measure your steps? Wou might want to consider getting a pedometer. "A pedometer is a small battery-operated device that clips to your waist. What it does is counts the number of steps you take so you don't have to," explained Kim.

There are no fancy electronics involved: the pedometer works by counting the swing and sway of your hips. Pedometer features and accuracy vary, so the Good Housekeeping Institute decided to put a few through their paces. The one that walked off with top honors: the Sportline 350.

"What's great about the Sportline 350 pedometer is that it's very accurate, easy to use and it's durable," reported Kim.

The Acumen 10K Stepper Plus can also put pep in your step. "It has a function that beeps after 10,000 steps have been taken, allowing you to know when you have accomplished your goal."

The Oregon Scientific pedometer has a radio attached. It can put some slide in your stride. "The nice thing about the Oregon Scientific pedometer with radio is it has a backlight so that users can read it in the dark," said Kim.

So walk off those pounds, but be sure to watch your step.

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Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, ddenmark@wtoc.com

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