Guest Author - Deborah Crawford
The Omron HJ-112 Digital Pedometer is great for walkers. It is very easy to program, comes with a great belt clip and automatically resets itself every night. Plus, it keeps data for 7 days, so you can compare your progress over the course of a week, and if you keep a log, you have some extra time to get it all logged.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The lithium battery is separate, so you have to install it yourself. They include a little metal thing that works as a screwdriver to remove the back, then the coin-sized battery just slips in.
Then, you program the time, your weight, and your stride length and you're good to go. The unit resets itself every night at midnight, so you can just clip & go every morning.
There are two easy ways to measure your step or stride length. One is to take 10 steps and measure the total distance you covered, then divide by 10 to get the average. This is your stride length. This method is covered in the instruction booklet that comes with the pedometer.
Another way is to stand up and lean forward then take one step, not a giant leap, but a normal step from this almost-falling position. You’ll probably want to try both ways, just to make sure you have an accurate measurement. Mine is the same, both ways, which is 28 inches, or 2.5 feet.
This unit will also tell you how many "aerobic" steps you've taken. This is great if you wear the pedometer all day to track your daily steps, and add in a brisk walk for endurance training. So, you can get your 10,000 steps in and see how many of them were aerobic. Additionally, you can see how many miles you have walked.
It will also tell you how many calories you have burned. Great info if you are dieting or just trying to work off a hot fudge sundae.
This pedometer is also supposed to track steps if you place it in a purse, but I don't walk around much with a purse, so I can't speak to that. It does come with a wrist strap and a belt clip. I prefer the belt clip and it works well for me. I never wear belts, but it works just as well clipped to your waistband.
If you've used cheap pedometers or step counters, you will really appreciate a good one. At less than $20, give this one a try.
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