Pedometers??

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bella611

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Posted: 13 Oct 2010, 12:02
It feels like there are like a million different types of pedometers out there. Does anyone have any recommendations?

I figured I do a lot of walking during the day at work, but wanted to see how much I'm really doing and increasing it gradually.

Thanks!
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Hoser

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Posted: 13 Oct 2010, 13:03
I bought an Omron pedometer with USB interface a couple of years ago, and it's served me well. When I used it regularly I just tossed it in my pocket in the morning then forgot about it. I got the USB version because I'm a geek, but I wound up not using the interface very often.

If I had it to do over, I'd probably get the HJ-112 instead, for half the price.
pschultz

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Posted: 13 Oct 2010, 13:47
I use my Droid with a GPS tracker, I've never been able to find a pedometer that came anywhere close to accurate for me. The program I use, CardioTrainer, does a great job with the GPS part but if it has to switch to pedometer mode it gets too inaccurate for me. I have a feeling that the way I walk isn't conducive to pedometer style tracking.
eboloczko

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Posted: 13 Oct 2010, 14:21
I use the Sportline 340 Step and Distance Pedometer. It's small and very light, it is the kind you clip on. I just clip it to my wasteband on my pants/shorts. Can't even feel it's there. You set it up based on the size of step you take and that's how it measures how many steps/distance you walked. Comes with instructions and easy to set up. I got mine at Meijer's for a little over 12 bucks. I think it's pretty accurate, I do a 6 mile walk at a local park and start at the 1 mile mark and end at the 0 mile mark. The pedometer shows my actual distance walked at just under 6 miles (not sure if that made any sense).
Miss Santa...

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Posted: 15 Oct 2010, 13:48
I use a Twin Step Pedometer, which counts steps per day and cumulative to 1 million steps. I faithfully wear it around my ankle attached to a cat collar. It's accurate and I never have to worry about it falling off in the bathroom, you know what I mean? Ha Ha. Like I said, I wear it from the time I get up in the monring to the time I go to bed. It is my best friend. I'm obsessed over it.
Carol130

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Posted: 15 Oct 2010, 23:06
Virgin Health Miles, greatest pedometer program ever!!! check out the site at: http://us.virginhealthmiles.com/pages/home.aspx
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Posted: 19 Oct 2010, 11:12
You'll be amazed at the difference between weekends and work days when you start monitoring your walking with a pedometer. Basic ones from someone like Walk4Life work well in that they're basic digital display, and tough to reset. The previously mentioned Omron is a good choice, too. But near any pedometer will do - just wear it consistently and go for 10,000 steps a day!

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Sweetalot

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Posted: 19 Oct 2010, 14:41
I have a nice one at home - and it's gathering dust. With a daily sit-down job, it's pretty difficult for me to amass 10,000 steps [4 miles] in a day. The most I get is in the mid 7,000 and that includes a 1-hour walk during lunch and a 45-minute walk home and walking about the office during the day. A reliable pedometer will require you to input your walking gait + other data for accurate measurement since not two people will take the same amount of steps even though they're walking the same distance. A cheap one had showed me having walked 500 steps and all I did was change it from one hand to the other while standing still.
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mikelbrady

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Posted: 21 Oct 2010, 07:49
Here at my office a few of us use a "FitBit". www.fitbit.com It's a small pedometer that uses accelerometers. Seems to be pretty accurate, and can tell how active you are. Has a nice web site with a social aspect.
LilWil

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Posted: 24 Oct 2010, 15:52
In addition to type of ped - I am short - the peds I have seem limited when I attempt to enter the distance of my stride in them. For example, if I clocked a block to be half mile, why is it my ped won't read correctly for distance measured w/ my car? tks!!

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debroby52

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Posted: 24 Oct 2010, 22:41
I second the recommendation for an Omron. You can slip them into a pocket or your bra and wear it all day without any complications. I've found them easy to set to my stride and they do a good job -accurate- job of measurement.
marahp

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Posted: 27 Oct 2010, 11:54
how does wearing a pedometer on your bra or wrist track how many steps you take? what is it measuring?
bella611

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Posted: 28 Oct 2010, 14:26
Thanks to everyone's recommendations! I picked up the Omron HJ 112 from Amazon for like $20. It was a great investment.

Sweetalot, you are right I do notice a huge difference between my work days (7k-8k steps) compared to my weekends (4k-5k). I spend my Saturdays in class from sunrise til sunset with few breaks, but I do get to campus early enough to get in a walk on the track, but not nearly as many steps as during the week.
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