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Hotel gives guests a discount for walking

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A brisk walk does a body good, and studies show older folks walk farther and longer when they use a pedometer. The Omron HJ-112 pedometer displays the number of steps taken, distance in miles walked and calories burned and is highly rated by customers at Amazon.com, where it sells for under $22. Other pedometer models available at several area retailers, including Modell's, Best Buy and Walmart. (Undated) Credit: Handout

Hotel Palomar in Los Angeles last month began rewarding guests who walk at least 10,000 steps a day with a 50 percent discount on their next hotel stay. To record the achievement, the hotel hands out free pedometers and walking maps to guests who sign up for the Walk This Way package.

The package, which will be offered until June 30, also includes a $20 credit for food and drinks at the hotel. The deal also is available at the Hotel Palomar San Diego.

For the average person, 10,000 steps is about five miles of walking. It's a target that first gained popularity in Japan in the 1960s as a daily goal to remain healthy and active.

The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles suggests that guests who wish to walk 10,000 steps circle nearby Holmby Park or the UCLA campus. But if the weather turns gloomy or guests fear venturing into L.A.'s crowded streets, hotel staff members said they would allow guests to carry out the 10,000-step challenge on a treadmill in the hotel's gym.

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