This is a sub-topic to the July step challenge. I was wondering what brand pedometers everyone is using and this is a area we can discuss the pros and cons of your pedometer adventure.
I've got a OMRON Walking Style HJ-112, which I've had for over 3 years now. I absolutely LOVE it and it keeps me accountable and motivated at the same time each & every day. Words of advice: Keep an extra battery on hand if you really find your pedometer useful to keeping you moving.
Reasons I like this model: First off I actually did a little research on pedometers before getting one. I didn't want a piece of crap that frustrated me and didn't keep accurate info. When I purchased mine it was available at our WALMART for around $23.00 and I found it in the pharmacy section.
It has a safety strap so not only does it clip to a pocket or waistband but then you've got the extra measure of the safety strap to clip to a belt loop or pocket seam. This insures that if you bend over it doesn't fall on the ground somewhere to end up in "Never Never Land, like those missing socks in the laundry parallel world."
Another good point is it keeps track of your total daily steps, aerobic steps with total aerobic minutes (continuous steps at a rapid pace), Kcal count (calories burned), and total mileage covered. Plus it resets itself each night at midnight and stores all that info. for a 7 day count! This makes it easy to go back and input your data in your step tracking plan either on team thread, or I found a free downloadable Excel step tracking program that keeps everything stored for the entire year, to see how much you've truly accomplished. If you want the link I will get it to share just leave a comment here, sparkmail me, or leave a comment on my sparkpage- no way I can miss the request that way.
Its not too difficult to set up and get started to make sure it records your personal info accurately. Setup asks for inputting the proper time,your current weight (will go from 70 to 300 lbs), stride length. This part gives detailed directions on figuring out your stride length, if you get one and have problems I can give advice. Then its all set to start tracking.
It can be placed in a shirt or coat front pocket, the front pocket of your pants (my preferred area),attached to a belt or waistband. I've even worn it on my socks!
It actually keeps very accurate accounts of steps and I've been thrilled with mine.
The only down side I've found is the safety strap clip which is made of plastic worn down and broke. So I improvised and made my own clip so I can still have the extra security of the strap. It comes in handy when gardening or doing stuff where I am bending over a great deal.
Happy stepping, and if I didn't cover something you were wondering about, just ask.
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