Updated December 02, 2013
After years of indifference, my husband asked me for a pedometer. I happened to have the Omron HJ-321 on my desk, just waiting to be adopted. He's been wearing it for a month now and proudly tells me his steps each day. It's silent, accurate, and you can wear it in your pocket or on your waistband. In addition to counting all-day steps, it also tracks aerobic steps separately when you walk or job more than 60 steps per minute for 10 minutes or more. It estimates distance and calories and has a 7-day memory.
My walking buddies love this Camelbak water bottle because you don't have to tilt it up and obstruct your view to drink out of it. It will save your walker lots of money on bottled water while being eco-friendly in keeping all those disposable bottles out of the landfill. It has a wide mouth for filling with ice and water, and you can wash it in the dishwasher. You just suck on the bite valve and the interior straw draws up your water. Lock it off with a valve for extra leakage protection. It has graduations on the side so you can judge how much you are drinking. As a plus, they are now BPA-free.
A Buff is a seamless tube of fabric that can be worn as a hat, a neck gaiter, a ski mask or balaclava. You may have seen contestants on Survivor using their Buffs in many different ways. You can layer it under another hat. The Buff packs up very small. It is easy to carry one in your pocket, purse or pack to use when you really need it, and stow it once you have warmed up. I like having it along as a way to keep my ears warm.
I call these my "Magic Gloves of Power." If your walker strolls before dawn or after dusk, these gloves provide great reflective safety. When I cross a street at night, I show the drivers the reflective triangle on the palm. The reflective strips on the knuckles provide visibility for you no matter what kind of arm motion you use walking. They are open-fingered for comfort in all seasons. You can layer them over other gloves in winter.
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