Electronic gadgets are constantly worming their way into my daily life, and that can feel overwhelming. A 220-page manual accompanied my new digital camera. After hours of study, I learned a few basic functions. Two weeks later, however, I’d forgotten everything and had to reread the manual. Upgrading my cell phone, finding a wireless connection for a laptop computer when traveling, using the remote control in a motel room — all of these tasks challenge my technological intelligence.
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But I have found one gadget I love — my $25 pedometer. It’s a simple, two-inch device that attaches to my waistband. After calibrating the measurements to the length of my step, I can touch a button and see how many steps I’ve taken, how many calories I’ve burned or how many miles I’ve walked.
My goal is 10,000 steps a day. To reach it on days when I am not playing tennis, I have to look for opportunities to walk. If I’m short of my 10,000-step goal, I’ll park at the far edge of the grocery store parking lot or I’ll suggest a “walk and talk” lunch with a friend.
I’m delighted at the pedometer’s impact on my habits. Wearing the pedometer makes me more conscious of how much exercise I am getting, and I find myself willing to make a special effort to reach my daily goal. Researchers have confirmed that people walk more when they wear a pedometer and lose modest amounts of weight without changing eating habits.