How big of a role do you think a pedometer plays in weight loss. I recently chatted with a friend and this topic came up. Her answer was: I don’t care for the gadgets – I just walk. I am honestly a bit jealous of her, because she walks 1-2 hours a day and has an incredibly awesome hiking trail right by her house. The main reason why most of the people I know use pedometers is because they find it difficult to burn enough calories on their own. For people like myself who are chained to a work desk M-F 9-5 it is a big issue. How can I burn calories if I sit on my butt all day long? A Pedometer has one job – motivate me to walk more.
However, there is a problem – pedometers frustrate me.
Most of us have used these: they are cheap or free and look like a great solution if you try to get your steps in. In reality these kinds of pedometers fall off and/or get lost very easy (one of my pedometers fell and broke from the fall on the second day). If you don’t clip it to your hip, it won’t count your steps accurately. Had you just cycle 10 miles through the woods? Ummm, you made 0 steps according to Mr. Free pedometer. Oh yeah, there are also randomly resets. If you thought that any pedometer can count the steps, you thought wrong – avoid the frustration and gift Mr. Free pedometer to somebody you don’t like.
If you pay $100 for a top of the line pedometer (or maybe your significant other thought it would be an excellent idea to get you one for the Mother’s Day), you will definitely find a better quality product. Believe it or not , you will know that you are looking at the pedometer that didn’t come as a “Free gift with purchase”. The clip works great, but if I pay $60-100, I will not rely on a clip – this baby will go into my pocket or a sports bra. Based on the model they will count your cycling miles or walk with a stroller. It doesn’t randomly reset and usually gives so much more information than you ever cared to know – your heart rate, your activities for several days, and in many cases you can synch your data with your computer. However, you decide how much you are willing to pay it, since the price tag sometimes goes to $100 and higher. My biggest problem with Mr Fancy is this – I am not good at setting it up: I am not techy and clearly can’t follow written directions, because my fancy pedometers consistently lie to me about my steps.
I will be the first to admit I am highly technologically challenged. (This is probably the main reason I married a man who is good at fixing things). However, if you ever had problems in getting your stride checked with a pedometer, you might know where I am coming from. With my mad skills of customizing Mr. Fancy Pedometer, I can never hit my daily walking goals – it rarely gets to 5,000 steps a day. Not cool! Eventually I discourage myself from even trying to reach 10,000 steps and give up.
Is there a solution?
I prefer a watch kind of pedometer, because I have managed to lose just about anything and a little gadget is a bit safer on my wrist. I wouldn’t waste my energy on the cheap stuff and wouldn’t spend $100 on it either, but I really don’t mind to go something in between – around $40-$50. If you have enough movement in your life, you might not even need a pedometer. However, I look for the little thing to be my fitness buddy and motivate me while providing accurate results. I think I found something effective, yet simple to use. Check out – it satisfies my expectations and there is no complicated setup.
I will be happy to tell you more about it next week, since I am all out of time today.