As some of you may have noticed from my recent reviews, I have started trying to keep fit at the moment. No paticular reason why, I just thought it time. Anyway, one of my most recent purchases was a Step Aerobics Stepper and whilst this is good, its computer display is way down on the unit so that in the middle of my work-out, I cannot quite see how many steps I have taken without stopping for a mo and bending down to read the display. And once I stop, I often find it hard to motivate myself to get going again!
A friend recommended I buy a Pedometer and a quick look on Amazon revealed that this paticular model was a good choice! Basically the idea of one of these, for those who are not in the know, is that you clip it to your belt or put it in a pocket and it monitors how many steps you have taken. This is handy not just for Step exercise but also for those who like to Power Walk or jog or run.
This paticular model, I find, is a little big and chunky to fit comfortably in my jeans pocket but it does clip nicely onto my belt! Some models can also tell you how many Calories etc you have burnt off but this just counts your steps and that is it so if you are looking for anything more then this isn't for you! It's display is big enough and clear enough that I can see how many steps I have taken without having to stop and, at just under a Fiver, is a real bargain!
It is a basic model and I am not sure how accurate it is sometimes as I have noticed that this and my Stepper don't always match but there is never much in it and it still gives me a pretty good idea of how many steps I have taken. Overall for the price I think this is a good bargain and definitely recommend it!
I walk to university everyday but I used to take buses whenever I want to go someplace else. However, after christmas and all the stuffings I've eaten, I figured that I need to be active more. I thought having a pedometer and something quantitative to measure up against would give an incentive to be more active everyday.
I saw this Omron HJ005 Step Counter on amazon for around £4.50 and thought it's a good price to pay to keep me fit. The product is very lightweight and it has a clip so that I can attach it to my clothes. I wear skirts and shorts (with tights) more often than jeans, but even so I can easily attach this pedometer to my clothes without it being bothersome when I walk. Personally, I attach this step counter to the neckline of my sweater or t-shirts so that it's easier for me to see the step count. However, it should be noted that it is a bit difficult to attach this pedometer if I'm wearing chiffon tops because the material is very thin and the pedometer would drag my top down a little bit even if it's lightweight.
The way the step counts are displayed is well designed as well. It has a clear LCD screen and the numbers are large enough to be seen even if I put the pedometer around my waist. It also has a reset button, which I use daily to compare my 'active level'. Also, if the weather permits, I would take slow jogs around the park near the university and I found that this pedometer is pretty good at counting steps during jogs/runs. To be honest, I'm not a fast jogger/runner so I can't say for sure how this pedometer perform for fast runners.
One thing this product is lacking is the logging system that records how many steps were taken each day for a period of time (i.e. each month). It just does a simple job of counting steps. However, I'm glad that I bought this product. Knowing how many steps I take each day just keep me informed of whether I should just get out of my room and take a stroll around the park. Sometimes, when I get too busy with assignments, I tend to forget to move around and it does affect my concentration. Since I bought this product, I try as much as possible to hit at least 5000 a day, which I found out is not so easy when I have a deadline the next day.
Nevertheless, the product is durable as I've been using this for about three months and a half and have no problem so far. It has yet to freeze on me so I would say it functions well. For what it's worth, it is a good basic pedometer. I would recommend this product.
Thank you for reading. :) x
Well, it's that time of year again when I'm thinking about the summer months and wearing nice dresses and having to lose a bit of weight to get back into them after a long winter over eating at christmas.
So, I ordered a Omron HJ005 Step Counter from Ebay and it cost me £4.99 which isn't bad at all. It arrived within a few days and I was keen to get walking as with any new fitness gadget I like to test them out often using them a lot at first then losing interest later, but with this I think it might last as I do walk everyday.
I'm not strict with my exercise routines and I do walk the dog and my grandson in the pram as it does me a lot of good, gets me out the house and this pedometer can tell me how many steps I take each walk.
It isn't too big and clumsly and clips onto your belt quite easily, once attached it stays where you put it and has a large LCD display on the front for the steps you have taken.
I reset this every morning before my walk and try and do just a little more steps each day, I try and resist the temptation to look at the display as I'm walking as this can sometimes put me off my walk as I think "ok I've done enough now", so I try and just keep going a little further up the road each day, before looking at how many steps I've done before turning back home.
You can read the display when you look down at it as can be viewed once it's on the top of your jeans, or on your belt or where ever you clip it onto .
The on / off buttons are on the front and it comes with a battery so that you can use it right away.
There is a reset button which takes the number of steps you've done back to zero so you can see what you do each day.
I like this as it's light, stays where you clip it and it's good to know that your doing that little bit better each day by going further and further in your walking and burning more calories by doing more steps.
I'd recommend this as it's affordable and can be bought online from Amazon and Ebay and is usually always in stock on both sites.
Pedometers are small devices which are hooked to the belt of your trousers, tasked with recording your every step throughout each and every day. Now, I've often wondered about this, how can the device decipher between step and shuffle or step and the motion of sitting down? Well apperantly most models have been tested to be at least 95% accurate, with this one included. So how difficult is it to reach that magical 10,000 step challenge?
The 'Omron Hj005' is a common style of pedometer which utilises several simple features to help the wearer keep fit and healthy throughout the working day.
- It record steps.
- It has a flip down cover to protect the 'reset' button and form some sort of moisture resistence barrier.
- The body is made from durable HIP plastic at low cost.
- There is a simple belt clipper on the back.
- it has an exceedingly long battery life and good reliability factor.
For good reason, they have made this item as simple as possible, feature wise it does NOTHING but record steps. There's no callory count or distance tracker, the Omron is suitable for one task only. But I kind of like this in the product as it helps it to appeal to a wider audience, and often on devices these an over-ride of information on a small LCD screen can be irritating and unhelpful.
Despite the screen being 'small', it is more than large enough for you to quickly look down in the day to check your progress. Often when I'm wearing mine at work I'll have a sneaky check, it's very unlikely that anyone will catch on - helpful if your slightly embarraced at the idea of keeping track of your steps!
The reset button is made from rubber and doesn't seem to look as though it will snap or tear anytime soon, and this is vital as it is the only button on the device - without it the product is useless. Durability of other components isn't as great. The belt clipper for example isn't very strong, and is something I can see snapping in the near future. With the device weighing less than 30 grams it is less likely to lose grip, but you're very unlikely to hear it hit the floor if it does drop, and you're even more unlikely to find it if its lost.
I managed to find this product on Amason at the best price around - as usual. It's currently going for £6.35, reduced from £14.99 (an initial price I would refuse to pay for such a simple device) which is very reasonable. If you want a pedometer which utilises lots of interesting factual features then this isn't for you, but if you're after a simple, durable, long-lasting product with one task in mind (recording your steps) then go for this cheap deal!
A short while ago I wrote a review about my trusty Stormlite pedometer and I finished the review by announcing that I was off to find my pedometer and begin using it again in order to get fitter.
There was just one problem - I couldn't find the flipping thing anywhere! Where it has gone I have no idea so I settled down with my computer to find myself another one.
The one that I chose this time was an Omron Vital Steps pedometer which I got from EBay at a cost of £9.95 with free postage.
The pedometer arrived packed in a plastic tray inside a small box. The battery was already inside but there was a small piece of plastic sticking out of the pedometer which had to be removed in order to make the connection on the battery and thus make the whole thing ready for use.
There is a sheet of instructions in six different languages which tell you how to use the pedometer, how to adjust it, how to wear it and how to change the battery. It is all very simple to be honest but it is nice to have instructions just in case I suppose.
This particular model is purely for measuring the amount of steps taken during a given time. It does not measure distance or tell the time.
The unit itself is blue in colour and clips to my belt or trouser top. The front of the pedometer flips open to reveal the amount of steps that I have taken so far. The LCD display is large and easy for me to read as my eyesight is none too clever at the best of times. It is also designed so that the numbers are the right way up for reading when I look down at the pedometer on my belt. The counter goes up to 99,999 but I can't see me ever doing that many steps in one day!
To begin using it I just pressed the reset button to make the counter return to zero, put it on my belt and walked a few steps counting as I went. The pedometer uses a pendulum motion to record the steps making a click as it records each one and I found that it initially recorded fewer steps than I had actually taken so I used the little slider button mark 'adjust' to make sure that my steps were being recorded accurately.
The simple device to attach the pedometer to my belt just has to be squeezed at the top to open the clip on the back and then placed over the belt and released. It remains in place very well and, although I have worn it constantly since I received it (during my waking hours anyway!), I have had no problems with it falling off my belt.
I reset it each morning and keep a note of the number of steps walked each day on a spreadsheet on my computer. So far I have ranged from 3,972 on a pretty idle day round the house, through 13,490 on a day selling RNLI souvenirs on the prom to a magnificent 26,523 when my sister and her partner came and we walked up and over the Great Orme!
I find that this is a great basic gadget which shows me how active or otherwise I am and thus gives me the incentive to walk a bit more which will hopefully improve my fitness level over time.
For the price I would definitely recommend it!