Weight Loss Is Just A Walk Away

Walking for Weight LossWalking – one of the simplest exercises – is also one of the best exercises you can do to achieve weight loss.

If you’re just starting to consider getting in shape, losing some weight, and taking charge of your health, walking is a great way to kick off your planned program. Regardless of age, regardless of current physical condition, nearly everyone can walk off the weight – even if just at the beginning of a full blown, back to health, program.

Whenever you embark on any new exercise program you’ll first want to check in with your doctor to inform him or her about your plans. Your doctor may have some helpful tips and guidelines based on your current state of fitness, your age, or any illnesses you may have. Either way – whether you go to the doctor or not – it is always a good idea to take it slow to start.

To begin a new walking program you’ll want to first get a pedometer so you can track your progress. You don’t need anything fancy to get started but having a heart rate monitor and the ability to upload your daily steps to your computer via USB cable are two nice features I couldn’t do without. You’ll also want a pair of comfortable and supportive walking shoes.

Begin by going for a 10 minute walk 3 times a week. Although this may sound overly cautious, it is the safest way to begin any new weight loss program. Now that you have started your new walking program and you have made a commitment to yourself to stick with it, start adding 10 more minutes to each walk every week. Should you experience difficultly breathing do not become discouraged, just walk a little slower until your heart and lung function catch up to your journey into better health. Again, it may be prudent to check back in with your doctor.

Within the month of your new walking program you will begin to see your hard work pay off. You will have more energy and your clothes will start fitting much looser. With just a 30 minute walk every day you should also be experiencing:

  • See an increase in your overall fitness level.

  • Notice changes in the tone of your muscles.
  • Feel better and look better.
  • Discover an increase in energy levels.
  • Feel less stressed.
  • Get better nights sleep.
  • Be in a better mood and less prone to depression.
  • Notice a difference on the scale.
  • Find that muscles, joints and bones are stronger.

There are many benefits to a walking program! As you can see it leads to much more than just weight loss. The longer you stick with the program, the easier it becomes. Before you know it you’ll be just like me and have developed a new, positive, lifelong habit.

Choosing A Quality Digital Pedometer

Pedometer Review, Compare and Take NotesIf you’ve been shopping for a pedometer you may find that there are so many options, features, and reviews to choose from that it gets confusing. For that reason we at Pedometers.org have put together a list of tips on finding the best digital pedometer for your needs.

Although we strongly suggest the Omron we feature in the sidebar you may have others available to you through other venues so a list of criteria would be beneficial.

The interesting thing about these gadgets is that you don’t always have to pay more for a high quality step counter, calorie counter, or feature rich device. To avoid paying for features that you’ll never need or use or purchasing a pedometer at a higher price just because it is the newest model it is in your best interest to read some unbiased reviews before you order one.

Search for Accurate Counts of Steps

Truly the most essential characteristic of a digital pedometer is it’s ability to be accurate. Please first understand that not one device can be 100% accurate as a step counter but there are some that keep a very close count. Poor quality pedometers are known to under count, but they may also over count too.

Quality Clips or Belts That Are Secure

The last thing you want to do is shell out good money for a digital pedometer just to have it fly off your waist or belt and become lost forever due to a faulty clip. Although some good pedometers won’t break on a sudden impact, the loss of your pedometer – especially once you’ve programmed your daily walks and goals into it – is a major let down.

A Great Manufacturer’s Warranty

Since pedometers are now high tech devices look for a good manufacturers warranty upon purchase. Due to the multitude of parts and/or the computer chip technology inside there may be upgrades or replacement parts needed over the first year of owning a pedometer. A warranty from a top rate company is a great feature and money saver.

Long Battery Life

When reading pedometer reviews be sure to pay attention to the life of the battery comments. This is especially important if you travel or have a busy life that isn’t solely operated on routine. Pedometers that regularly run short of battery life and shut down may have troubles maintaining stored information and accurate counts.

False Step Sensor Feature

If you’ve found a pedometer review that is impressive and within your price range, look deeper for a feature called the false step sensor. These units don’t count movements that are not considered a normal step. These pedometers are often the most accurate when compared to other units without this feature.

Features of Pedometers

Two different Omron pedometers.You won’t believe all the tricks today’s pedometer can pull off with the click of a few buttons.

Yes, it’s going to count your steps, but it will also record them – from day to day, month to month, so you can chart your progress.

The word ‘pedometer’ translates from Latin to a literal ‘distance counter’. Thomas Jefferson was proported to use a pedometer in all of his activities and it is also said that Leonardo da Vinci invented one of the very first models. Impressive roots and still being used today by tens of thousands of people around the world.

Today when we speak of a pedometer we generally mean a step counter. The term has become universal. It is important to note however that while some of these small and popular devices do count steps others work by measuring distance that has been travelled. One of the most exciting and recent accomplishments of a distance pedometer is the inclusion to working with Google Maps. Exciting as it may be, the distance counter styles may not be your best choice for fitness purposes.

For fitness purposes – especially if you are walking for fitness – you’ll want a step counter. These gadgets work best through their utilization of a pendulum mechanism that moves up and down as you take a step. Although pedometers may vary in sensitivity and quality most of them give a pretty accurate reading.

What else can a pedometer do? It all depends on the features you choose. Find one that plays music, tracks caloric burn, functions as a stop watch, connects to your home or work computer and via software tracks your progress and suggests new workout routines or walking routes to take to increase your level of fitness.

Some of the higher end units have pulse meters, FM radios, user-defined pace setting function, a heart rate monitor and, coming very soon, motivational messages and music selection based on a workout’s pitch. Since no one pedometer has been created to perform all these functions in one tiny gadget you’ll want to first decide which features are most important to you – then you’ll need to decide how much you have in your budget.

Don’t worry though they aren’t all that expensive. In fact the newest, most high tech pedometer to hit the market in years will be selling for just a little over $100 next month but if you just want a full-featured, highly regarded, accurate pedometer without the music check out our favorite in the sidebar at right. This Omron HJ-112 is a digital pocket pedometer currently selling at less than $25. This unit has held its place in the marketplace as being the #1 best selling pedometer since 2004 (2005). A close second costs a few dollars more (under $35) and made by the same company. Check out the Omron HJ-720ITC.

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