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Pedometers

Friday, 22 August 2008

Whether youíre walking or running for a little exercise, you can count your steps and measure your progress with a pedometer. We find out some key features to look for in pedometers.

   BUYING TIPS

The Basics

  • Some pedometers can also measure other interesting stats like distance travelled, calories burned, speed, elapsed time, steps per minute, and function as a clock, stopwatch and alarm.

  • Some of the more high-tech features available include GPS and heart rate monitors.

  • If you’re just starting out, go for a simpler model.

  • Look for an easy-to-read screen that you can read at a quick glance. Ideally you want something you don’t have to unclip to read.

  • Compare the weight and physical size of different models. Too heavy or cumbersome and it will shift as you walk or run leading to inaccuracies.

  • If you’ll be using it when it’s dark, look for a back-lit display.

Other Considerations

  • If you workout in light-weight clothing, make sure the pedometer doesn’t pull at your garments.

  • If you walk or run alone, consider a model equipped with a panic alarm for added safety.

   TEST CRITERIA

We clipped on these four pedometers to test for accuracy:

  • Accusplit Alliance: $16
  • Acumen Jogmate Plus (tracks steps, distance, speed, and calories burned): $23
  • Freestyle Ergo Touch (same as above plus a heart rate monitor): $31
  • St. Moritz Digi-Walker (water-resistant folding case, tracks steps, distance, speed, calories burned with a clock and stopwatch): $46

   OUR TOP PICK

The full-featured St. Moritz Digiwalker was also the most accurate in our 100-step test. It was also the easiest to program without having to consult a manual.

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