When it comes to pedometers, you get what you pay for. You know this if you’ve ever gotten one free…and realized it registered steps when you breathed. That said, you don’t have to break the bank to find a pedometer that tracks your steps accurately (the most important function) and even helps you plan a fitness routine. Here are five we like:
1. Omron HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer with Advanced Omron Health Management Software. This pedometer (about $29) gets high marks from most users. Like most pedometers, you have to set it to measure your own stride, but it comes with software so you can download your progress, convert it to calories burned and distanced walked. It keeps track of seven days worth of your walking and resets every night so you are ready to go again in the morning. Negatives include the clip: use the clip AND the security strap provided or simply put it in your pocket so you don’t lose it.
2. Yamax SW-200 Digiwalker Pedometer (about $20). Incredibly affordable and basic, the Yamax gets high marks from users for its reliability whether walking, running or hiking. It comes with a hinged cover so you can’t accidentally hit the reset button.
3. Garmin Forerunner 201. From the folks you bring you your car’s GPS system, a GPS walking counter—but it doesn’t count your steps. It measures, quite accurately, how far you’ve walked using satellite technology. The wristwatch pedometer calculates calories and will download info to your computer. And, of course, because it’s a GPS it can get you home if you get lost. But it’s pretty costly at about $120.
4. Sportline 343 Talking Pedometer. Who can resist something that talks, telling you your steps and distance. This pedometer (about $18), features the audio as well as visual accounting of your steps. It has alarms should you want to remind yourself of when to start or stop walking and includes seven tunes to play while you’re getting your steps in.
5. Pet Pedometer If you’re walking and counting, shouldn’t Fido be counting, too? Walk4Life makes good people pedometers, but they also sell the Pet Pedometer just for your dog. That’s what I said, for your dog. Fido’s pedometer is on sale for about $8.
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