Don't Panic, ch. 2
Monday, December 02, 2013
For the past couple days, I've been wearing two pedometer on my belt. As if my waist needs help being wider! One pedometer was sent to me by my health insurance provider after I logged onto their site and tried to use their weight and fitness pages. (Alas, I was already spoiled rotten by Sparkpeople.) The other pedometer, my mom found at the bottom of her sewing basket and gave to me when I showed her the one from the insurance co.
Both work by sensing the vibrations of movement. Both can be adjusted for length of stride. Both can be reset easily. Both have displays that are easy to read.
Newbie will report out both the number of steps and the mileage to the thousandth of a mile. The display is numerical. Oldster will report out the distance to the eighth of a mile on its analog face. Newbie can be adjusted for sensitivity. Newbie can be clipped securely almost anywhere on your clothes. Oldster' s clip is definitely designed for a belt or waistband, not your shoes. Newbie will show the time to the second. Oldster, who can't be adjusted for sensitivity, advises me to wear a watch if I can't tell the time by the Sun.
The results. I set newbie to maximum sensitivity. I set my stride on both to 24 inches.
Walking around the house: neither of them tracked all the steps I'm sure I took. Oldster tracked twice as many steps.
Walking on a measured course outside. Oldster understated the length of the course by a quarter mile (3.75 miles for a 4-mile walk, 6%) Newbie reported 2 miles.
Walking on a treadmill. Oldster reported a 1.38 miles for a routine the treadmill reported as 1.47 miles. Newbie reported 1.04 miles.
Oldster is going on the walks. I might need to measure and adjust my stride more closely. Newbie has stopwatch duty for resting heart rate because the screen doesn't go blank like the watch on my cell phone.
Thanks for listening!