My pedometer has become a permanent fixture in my pocket.
For years I used a manual step counter like the one pictured above, and it was hard to keep it attached to my waistband.
It was always falling off and I almost lost it a time or two. And I couldn't just slip it in my pocket - it wouldn't work.
In April, our family signed up for a new cell phone plan and we received new phones with it.
I chose one of the Sony Walkman ones, and it has been one of the best choices I have made.
It has a built in pedometer in it, and it records every step I take all day long - all from my pocket.
It doesn't fall off the waistband and it is not annoying.
This phone has a music player in it and to switch to the next song, you just have to give the phone a little shake.
The technology that powers that is what is used to track each swing of the leg to count each step.
Once it is calibrated to the length of your stride, it also calculates the mileage you put on with the steps.
I try each day to get at least 2500 steps in. I know this is not enough to loose weight - I have been doing this for months now.
I have read that getting 10,000 steps does work.
I will try to increase my number over the next few weeks. Once winter starts to wane, it will be a lot easier.
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