Home Goods for Healthy Living #3: Pedometer
Walking is a low-impact exercise with loads of health benefits, from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, to controlling weight and improving mood, says David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology, recreation, and sports studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. A pedometer can help you track your foot work and stay motivated. According to a Stanford University study, people who used a pedometer walked an additional 2,500 steps a day (about one mile) compared to those who didn't.
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What you need most in a pedometer is accuracy and ease of use. Although you can pick up an old-school model for under $5, it relies on a pendulum mechanism that senses your hips moving. This means they can accidentally register non-walking movements and inflate your step count. A sensor pedometer is worth the extra cash.