Remember the “Walk Off Weight with Your Pedometer” walking program works with any pedometer.
However if you still need to buy one, the models here are reasonably priced, are easily obtained online and have good reviews. These are the best pedometers to buy in terms of accuracy and flexibility of use if you want something that is not too costly:-
The Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer has been given an average of 4.6 stars out of 5 by over 3000 Amazon buyers with comments such as “the best pedometer I have ever owned” and it is also Consumer Reports #1 rated digital pedometer so you can’t go far wrong with this one.
It uses the type of technology (the manufacturers call it Omron dual axis technology) that allows it to count steps accurately no matter which way you position it and this means you can wear it around your neck, clipped to your waistband or just carry it in your pocket or bag. This makes using a pedometer so much more convenient that it makes sense to look out for this functionality even if you don’t choose this particular pedometer.
The steps reset daily so you can log your daily totals (and if you forget to log a day before you go to bed there is a 7 day memory so no worries there).
It tracks two kinds of steps – the ones you take on a daily basis and aerobic steps where you are walking briskly. There’s no need to do this but you might find it interesting to see how many of each kind you are taking and whether you are increasing each kind equally.
It also measures time, distance, calories and fat grams burned, for extra motivation.
All in all a great buy – you can get it from Amazon.com here – and read all 3000 buyer reviews if you care to
Hint if you are in the UK: If you are in the UK, you can buy directly here, but I noticed that the price on the .com site is much lower than on the .co.uk site and therefore you may be better buying at .com and paying additional shipping. Alternatively choose the Omron Walking Style Pro Pedometer (see here) which also has an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars and over 90 reviews. This has similar functionality but also
- interfaces with the Omron Health Management software so you can track your results on your computer (and includes a cable to link to the PC via a USB port and the software on disk)
- has a 41 day memory rather than a 7 day memory
You might find it fun and motivating to track your progress that way – if not you can ignore the software altogether and just use your exceedingly good pedometer that is still great value.
If you are in the US and would like to get the Omron Health Management software, you can get this by choosing a slightly more expensive model than the Omron HJ-112 Pedometer available at this page.