Would you know how far you walk each day? Many of us set goals to keep fit and in reasonable shape but assume we are doing enough. Once you have a pedometer that measures your daily activities your attitude to fitness can change drastically.
Distance and calorie tracking is easy and accurate with a pedometer making your personal goal setting simple to measure. Self-motivation plays a huge part in your fitness program and seeing raw data tracking your health keeps you firmly on course. Knowing how active or inactive you are each door allows you to manage a consistent approach to your fitness goals.
The other advantages of a pedometer are that they can measure a number of activities such as:
- heart rate
- changes in elevation
- steps climbed
- Sleep activity
Pedometers can provide a wealth of information through analysis of the data they record. If you want to know how many steps you have taken in a day, week, month or longer or calories burned over the same period a pedometer can provide you with this information. Pedometers can be paired up to computers, tablets and smart phones to provide a record of your activities that can be stored, printed or used to track your progress.
With all these features available which is the best pedometer to buy? There are literally hundreds of pedometers on the market that have some, all and even more features than those listed above. Prices range from a few dollars up to a few hundred dollars.
If you are looking for a low cost pedometer that measures simple data such as step count, distance and calories only you can pick one up for under $30 if you are looking for more features such as a built in stop watch/timer, heart monitor and step and elevation analysis you will probably be paying over $30 up to $100. There are a few top specification pedometers such as the high end of the Fitbit range, which exceed $100 with a few over the $200.
If you are starting out and are unsure which pedometer to buy it is probably the right idea to go for one of the cheaper models before diving headlong into an expensive purchase that may not suit your requirements in the long run.
Omron is an excellent brand leading the lower price range of the pedometer market. You can pick up a stylish, accurate and easy to use pedometer for between $20-$30 which will measure steps, distance and calories. My review on the top 5 pedometers for under $30 will give you a good indication of what is available.
If you are looking for something with more features, style and fitness then the top of the pedometer tree is definitely the Fitbit range which have been developed to provide an exceptionally high quality pedometer with a full range of measuring and analytical features.
In addition they are highly fashionable with chic designs that look stunning. See my review of the range of Fitbit pedometers right here…
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So is a pedometer really necessary or is it just another fad gadget that will quickly find itself forgotten in a cupboard drawer?
It will definitely keep you motivated to stay on track with your fitness program. You can’t manage what you can’t measure and if you don’t have a pedometer you can’t manage your fitness progress as effectively as a pedometer.
If you are looking to improve or maintain general health, aiming to lose weight or training for a specific goal such as a marathon then a pedometer is a ‘must have’ investment!