Every step counts when it comes to health

By Annette Verdejo |Staff Writer|

How many steps do you take in a day to be healthy?

Some sort of cardio workout is vital to losing weight and to be healthy. This doesn’t mean that you have to run 10 miles every day for the rest of your life. You can simply keep track of how many steps you take in a day.

Now you might be asking yourself, how am I going to do that? The answer is easy; get yourself a pedometer.

The short definition of what a pedometer is: a small device that counts your steps. Knowing how many steps you’ve walked in a day is relevant to weight loss and just being healthy overall.

“The recommended number of steps is 6,000 for health, 10,000 for weight loss when you count all steps during the day. For weight loss, an uninterrupted walk each day of 4000-6000 steps is recommended,” as stated by about.com

There are several different types of pedometers ranging from $12.99 – $99.99 at retailers such as Sport Chalet and REI . You can get a decent one for $34.99.

There are several ways to use a pedometer, you can buy one that you wear like a watch or one that clips to your belt. The watch style usually also has a heart rate monitor that is also very useful if you are serious about staying inside your target heart rate zone while working out.

The difference in pedometers varies; it depends on how much your willing to spend because they use different technology.

“All pedometers count steps, although they may use different methods to do so. These include (in general order of accuracy): piezo-electric accelerometers, a coiled spring mechanism, and a hairspring mechanism,” as stated by about.com.

The spring loaded pedometers still get the job done compared to the electric accelerometers. It really comes down to how serious you are about your health and what things that you want to monitor.

When thinking of a pedometer, the Nike Plus came to mind. This is similar to a pedometer, but it takes it a little bit further because it measures your pace, distance and it connects directly into your iPod.

This device simply fits into a hole in your left Nike Plus compatible shoe and it has another device that plugs into the charging slot in your iPod. The price for the Nike Plus is $29.99 and their shoe price ranges. What makes the Nike Plus system so different is that it sends your data to nikeplus.com so right after your run, you can measure your progress compared to your previous runs.

You can purchase the Nike Plus system from an Apple store or a Nike Store.

The reviews on pedometers and the Nike Plus system are positive overall and it seems like they really help runners to keep track of their workouts and the users are making progress.

Whether you are a marathon runner or someone who simply takes their dog on a nightly walk, a pedometer could help you stay healthy or lose some weight. Growing up, I have noticed that as a society, we’re trying to become healthier and using a pedometer is an easy way for normal people to meet their health goals.