Standard pedometers are pretty simple machines that are difficult to calibrate and give a fair approximation of how far someone has walked and how many calories have been burned. This OMRON Activity Tracker does a great deal more.
Like many people who get their primary exercise by walking, I have tried out a good many pedometers. Inexpensive, easily available and often given as gifts to employees by various businesses to encourage health, they are both cheaply made and limited in function. The need for a mid-range more complex and more accurately programmable pedometer has been addressed by OMRON GOsmart Model HJ-203 Pocket Pedometer and Activity Tracker.
At less than one and a half inches thick, about 2 and a half inches long and less than a half inch wide, it does not attach by the ubiquitously flimsy belt clip found on most other pedometers. It attaches much like a fob that can be clipped to any item of clothing and then tethered into a pocket where its presence is not an announcement of “See me, I am exercising” at the office!
Powered by a single (common) CR2032 battery, it allows for quick and easty programming that results in far more useful and accurate data that the usual throw-away pedometers on the market. Of course, it costs more, but as is the case with so many other things in this life, sometimes you really DO get what you pay for.
Within minutes of opening the package, I was able to enter my height and weight.
An internal program calibrated the likely length of my stride (which can be reset according to actual measurements.) The readouts available also include calories utilized (in kcal), distance traveled (in miles and tenths thereof), grams of fat burned. The routine functions of steps taken and accurate digital time readout are also present.
Unlike other pedometers that give rough estimates based on rough stride measurements and tend to ignore factors such as height and weight, the OMRON Activity Tracker provides much more accurate information for the person serious about knowing how many calories and grams of fat are being burned through walking each day.
The device resets itself to zero at midnight, creating a possible complication for people who walk and exercise at off times. I don’t and it works perfectly for me.
The LCD screen reads all functions in order at the push of a responsive button and is easy to activate and read. The pink and white coloring seems a tad odd, but since it lives in my pocket, no one else sees it ‘” so the color seems to not matter.
Unlike less expensive, less programmable devices, this OMRON Pedometer and
Activity Tracker has the feel of a small, well constructed measuring device not susceptible to easy dropping or breakage. Even the battery compartment is a crew-on affair (a small screw driver is included in the blister pack to change the battery.) It is not likely to simply fall out as is the case with so many others.
If/when 1.000 steps are reached in an individual day; a congratulatory icon presents itself offering a small visual reward for a measurable accomplishment.
Priced, retail, at around $20, some people may not feel that its programmability and greater accuracy are worth the additional cost. I do and I believe that many others will enjoy the OMRON GO smart Model HJ-203 Pocket Pedometer and Activity Tracker as well.