2013 Walking Readers' Choice Awards
This category includes shoes for brisk walking workouts and walking races. The winner, Prospecs, is a new line of shoes from Korea. They have designs for all kinds of fitness walkers, including stability shoes, cushioned shoes, and shoes designed for fast walking. They really worked their social media to get out the vote. I previewed a pair of Prospecs last year and found their Move Frame technology to give a pleasant walking experience.
The Readers' Choice for 2013 are Terox recovery flip flops. Terox are designed with arch support and have an anatomical footbed and a slight rocker heel. They are a world of difference from cheap flip flops that do nothing for your feet. Terox come in fun colors and are recyclable.
Some of us like to go off-road for walking. The Vasque Velocity has a sole built for stability and traction on uneven natural trails. The sole is designed so the toe is slightly off the ground, giving you more clearance over trail debris. The uppers are lightweight for breathability. The women's version has a woman-specific fit, while the men's version comes in widths. They also have a GTX waterproof version.
Beyond just counting steps, our 2013 winner lets you check your daily progress towards getting enough moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Health authorities recommend at least 30 minutes per day, but with this pedometer you can set your own goal and input the pace you need to achieve a higher heart rate. This pedometer also allows you to choose when to reset the step count total. If you want to track a specific workout rather than all-day steps, it's your choice.
Activity monitors are getting smarter and smarter each year. You can wear the Pebble on your waistband or shoe, or just carry it in a pocket. It's small and stylish. Indicator lights tell you how you are progressing towards you daily goal. Then when you get in range of your computer, it transmits the data wirelessly for you to view. Then you can go online to see your activity stats and history.
Study after study is saying that, even if you get in a workout each day, sitting too much raises your health risks. Use a treadmill desk while you work, catch up on social media, watch TV or play games. Turn sitting time into productive, active time.
What treadmill would you have in your home if money (and space) were no object? The winner for 2013 was the True ES900. It has several console options so you can pick the one that suits your dream home gym the best.