Exercise Equipment Review

A Quick Guide to Pedometers

Pedometers are the perfect accessory for running and walking. But are they all the same and how much do they cost?

For the uninitiated, they are designed to measure the distance you travel. Very popular amongst hikers, walkers and joggers, they are an inexpensive tool that helps track performance and strengthen motivation.

If you're training for a long distance event like the marathon it's an essential tool to have (along with a heart rate monitor).

Nowadays most are electronic and can fit into the palm of your hand. They will all will measure how far you've walked and most double as a stopwatch and timepiece.

Basic models will cost under $20 and for an extra $5 you can get a model that calculates the calories you burn in a workout. The price jumps up considerably if you opt for FM radios or MP3 player models.

There are a lot of different brands on the market and some of the cheaper, less well known models have been reported to break easily. Like most things the general rule of thumb is "you get what you pay for".

Well known brands include Sportline, Ultrak, Acumen and Accusplit. Prices range from $15 (analogue) up to $50.

You'll find dozens of pedometers online and in sports goods stores. If you're considering buying a pedometer you won't go too far wrong with Sportline. I have filtered the content in the Amazon add below to only present us with the brands I recommend. This way I guide you to the right brands and you all can select the features as they become available.

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