Counting your steps? Ankle-worn devices are the most accurate

If you use a mechanical device to measure how far you travel on foot, you'll find that a step-activity monitor worn on your ankle is more accurate than a pedometer worn on your waist. Research done at the Joint Replacement Institute of Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles showed that the ankle-strap step-activity device is more consistent and more than three times as accurate as the waist-band pedometer.

Got the munchies? Snack wisely
Snacking accounts for one-fourth of the calories consumed by youth ages 2 through 18, according to dietary research done at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The problem is not snacking so much as the preference in snack foods. In the past 20 years, Americans have doubled their consumption of high-fat, salty snack foods such as potato chips.

Women: Run for your heart
About one-third of women between 45 and 54 have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. Yet heart attacks in women under 55 are often misdiagnosed in emergency rooms, and patients may be sent home without proper treatment. Our solution: Get in plenty of running miles, strengthen your heart, and stop cardiovascular disease before it starts.

Miss a Digest?

Beginners: Mix running and walking at first

Honey is a great natural energy gel

Keep a record of the mileage on your shoes

Tapering can help your racing

Add distance to your long runs gradually

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