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Two walking/running questions -- on land and in the water

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I told my JCC I had the following goals this week.

1) Walk everywhere I go that's under 2 miles, and use a pedometer to see how much that is in a day.

2) Go to the pool near my new work and try it out.

But I've run into 2 problems.

1) The pedometer I downloaded on my cell phone keeps giving me weird numbers that make no sense to me. (e.g. i walked my dog in the park. We weren't gone long, but the pedometer said something like 2 steps. Then I went to the grocery store, and the pedometer said 82,562 steps or something. Neither of these could possibly be correct.)

2) The pool doesn't have public swimming at the time it would be easiest for me to go, because they use the lanes for "Deep Water Running".

Which brings me to my 2 questions.

1) Anyone have a suggestion for a good, cheap, pedometer, either an Android app or a separate device?

2) Has anyone done Deep Water Running? Did you like it? Is it a good choice for someone just getting back into exercise, who wants to protect her joints?

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I loooove my FitBit but they run $100 each. It tracks your activities, sleep patterns, weight, water intake, and calorie intake. You have to input info and a good food program like MyFitnessPal is a great companion app, but I reallly like the device. You can get cheap pedometers at Wal-Mart, Target, etc if all you are looking for is steps.

I'm not familiar with Deep Water Running so I can't help there.

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JC has its own pedometer that you just hook and and go if you only are looking for steps but as mentioned FitBit has a cool tool that helps you track alot more and it is addicting to see your steps add up and also online keep track of your food and calories

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i got the body media from JC that has more than just a pedometer , and i love it, it calculates calories burned for the day, sleep patterns, minutes of activity, steps, etc. There are lots of pedometers , lots of activity monitors, check them all out. fitbit is good, bodymedia is good, but bodymedia charges a monthly fee i think 7$ a month.

I've never done deep water running , give it a try! You can protect your joints by properly warming up before your exercise, and listen to your body , if something hurts, find something an alternative. My joints are old and creaky and messed up, but with a little strength training, they are stronger than they've ever been.

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My water fitness class does deep water bicycling, which involves relatively light weights, held behind my back as I stand upright in the deep water and "bicycle" (almost a dog paddle) my legs and feet through the water. The emphasis is not on speed, but doing as well as you can. Not sure if deep water running would be similar.

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ive used anroid apps before and didnt have an issue. i actually put my phone between my skin and my pant waist when i would go for walks depending what kid of pants your wearing to keep it snug, i found that way it goes with your hip movement and i found it to be accurate..otherwise get a cheap pedometer at a store or even the hospital or community center might have free ones you can have otherwise invest in a fitbit...ive also done deep water aerobics, water is soooo good foe your joints vs land aerobics if its shallow or deep water it have so much less pressure..id go to water classes and be the youngest one there, im 28, with grandmas and they swear by it. you get a great workout without the pain afterwards. wear your floatation devices and head out there!! even just moving like your walking or do more adventurous stuff like high knees, jumping jacks etc...its fun

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I love my Fitbit One. I clip it on my bra and I feel like it's pretty accurate. No one knows it's there, either, which is different than other pedometers or fitness trackers I've used. The Fitbit One syncs with My Fitness Pal, which I also love. My Fitbit One also tracks my sleep pattern if I wear it on my wrist at night (I use a zippered wrist band). I have to click the sleep function on at night and off in the morning, which I don't always remember to do. But, that's not that important to me. Mostly, the sleep tracking is just a fun function for me.

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