The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently issued an alarming statement. They say that two thirds of adults living in the United States are overweight or obese. Less than 50% of Americans are getting enough physical activity. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that every adult spend at least 30 minutes each day doing some sort of physical activity. One of the best and easiest activities to do is walking. A former US Surgeon General says that an adult should walk at least 10,000 steps each day.
To help a person accomplish the task of walking 10,000 steps each day there is a small, inexpensive device called a pedometer that counts the number of steps a person walks on a daily basis. This small device will help to motivate an individual to accomplish this task. Recent research from the Stanford University has shown that an individual will improve their physical activity, weight loss, and blood pressure when using a pedometer. The question remains, what is the best pedometer to buy?
This article will review three very popular pedometers and the features of each.
#1 – Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband, Black, Large
The first one to be discussed is the Fitbit Charge Wireless Activity Wristband. This product has a variety of features and benefits. The Fitbit comes with both large and small wristbands which are convenient for any wrist size. It will track distance, steps, calories burned, and active minutes. This feature is beneficial to help you understand when you need to increase your physical activity.
It has the added feature of monitoring how long and well you sleep. Sleep is one of the most important parts of our 24 hour day. It also has a silent wake-up alarm that will wake you up but not your partner. The advantages of this feature are obvious. The unit will sync all of your stats automatically and wirelessly with your computer or smart phone.
#2 – Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Alvita Pedometer, Black
The second product that we will highlight is called the Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Alvita Pedometer. This product also tracks distance walked, steps, and calories burned. It has the additional feature of healthy steps such as when you are doing aerobics. This unit features a technology using a smart sensor which will eliminate any miscounted steps. This technology is a great advantage over purchasing a cheaply made pedometer.
Each day at midnight it will automatically reset your daily count so that you do not have to worry about whether you did it or not. Another nice feature with the Omron is that it stores your statistics of activity for seven days. This will give you a good indication of how you are doing on a weekly basis. Everyone has good days and bad days and therefore it is important to see how you are doing on a weekly basis.
#3 – 3DTriSport Walking 3D Pedometer with Clip and Strap, and Free eBook
The third to discuss is the 3DTriSport Walking 3D Multi-Function Pocket Pedometer. This pedometer comes with a free e-book, clip, and strap. It also provides advanced sensor technology to maintain accurate data. The free e-book called “Walking for Life” is filled with valuable information on why you should walk on a regular basis for a healthy lifestyle.
Like most pedometers this unit also records daily steps when running or walking, total distance in either miles or kilometers, fat and calories burned, and total exercise time. This product has a 30 day memory storage so that you can analyze your monthly activity routine. A 30 day memory storage will also help to provide vital information that will keep you on track and motivated. This device works horizontally or vertically making it in our opinion a good option to consider.
All of these three pedometers are recommended for helping you to achieve your goal of getting into good physical shape and staying there in 2016.