Pedometers are nothing new, but experts say walking 10,000 steps a day eases back pain, slims waists, reduces heart attack risk and slows down osteoporosis. With sedentary professionals walking an average of 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day, there is new momentum for the old technology to help people track their treks.
A nice standard for new pedometers is the Sportline 345 Step, Distance and Calorie. The Sportline 345 clips on at the waist and accurately tracks steps, distance and calories burned based on the user’s weight.
It’s quite accurate: After inputting steps and weight, it came within five steps of the 400 I walked, but it does have a tendency to count steps when the device is bumped or slightly tapped.
The Sportline 345’s clip can be difficult to place on your side and feels fragile, but once in place it’s quite incognito. Users can easily check their step counts without removing the pedometer; the LCD display automatically reverses when it’s lifted upwards.
The Sportline 345 also comes with a Fitness Guide for the 10,000-steps-a-day program. At $25.99, the Sportline 345 is a great tool to help anybody walk more.