I have used in the past the Omron Walking Style pedometer which allows you to set your stride and is a great pedometer.(It can be worn in a pocket which most can't) My employer gave me a "Pebble" to test out which will be used next year for our wellness program. It is the same device as the Spark Activity Tracker and syncs up automatically when I go to work. The trial period is over and I am still wearing it instead of my pedometer. Here's why: It's smaller and easier to wear than a pedometer and the lights that light up are just plain old more fun and more motivating for me than numbers on a pedometer. I do feel however that the pedometer is more accurate. So, I guess it's whatever you want. There are lots of devices out there.
I have the FitBit Zip which I love. I also have some friends on the fitbit website and we compete with each other on step counts. And I'm doing the virtual Appalachian Trail walk too and there is alot of support on that team. So long as we keep moving it's all good.
This year is all about me and my quest to unload this extra person I have been hauling around.
A few people on my "Daily Weigh In" Team have bought the SP Tracker and are singing it's praises -- so it all sounds good.
I have a Zip Fitbit and didn't feel the practicality of switching to the Tracker when it came out. I had only had a Fitbit for less than a year at that time, and they cost about the same. I believe you can set your stride on most of them, but it's been a while since I had to do the set-up, so I am not positive. You could check it out where they describe the spec's though. I'm only 5'2" myself, so I'm sure my stride is a bit shorter than the average woman.
Good Luck with whatever you decide. Knowing how many steps you took it a big incentive. And face it, a step is a step, whether it is 2 feet long, or a foot long. Don't count miles, just count steps -- the same amount of energy is expended.
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I have an Omron Walking Style HJ-113,and I really like it. You can set your stride, and I have found it to be very accurate. It is small enough that it can fit in my pocket, but I usually wear it in the clip which I then clip on my pocket or belt. This is actually my second Omron pedometer; my first one final quit working after I accidentally ran it through the washer (the display final stopped working). Between the two, I have used mine daily for over 3 years with only a couple of battery changes (they use a watch-style battery which lasts for months).
My dad actually bought one last year after he saw how much use I got out of mine, and after he got his, he decided to walk a 5K because he could see the results with the pedometer! We have a 1 mile walking trail in our area, and when I walk it I find my results to be spot on. The key is to make sure that you measure your stride and set it correctly in the pedometer to ensure correct mileage.
Edited by: LYSINGR at: 11/5/2013 (22:36)
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Just looking to see if anyone had any thoughts on pedometers that work well with a really short stride. I have had some in the past that did not register my stride length well at all. Interested in seeing if anyone has purchased the Spark Activity Tracker and if so how that is working.
Thanks in advance! ~Dana
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