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Watch your step, step, step

The Baltimore Sun

The path to health can be measured in steps-10,000 of them a day, fitness experts advise.

Polar's Activity Watch ($199, online; www.polarusa.com) wakes you up, counts your steps, estimates amount of effort and calories burned and keeps track of altitude ascent and descent - without breaking a sweat. And it does all this in an attractive, easy-to-read package that doesn't require a monitoring chest strap.

Unlike a pedometer, the Polar gives you a customized reading.

The case is rugged stainless steel and the strap is super secure. The watch face is glass rather than plastic, a nice touch if you use bug spray with Deet, which can reduce synthetics to goo.

Setup is a snap. Just input your vital statistics and step out.

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