You already know that you want a pedometer you just don’t know which one is right for your needs. With thousands of styles and nearly as many options making the right decision on a pedometer that you’ll be happy with for years starts to look like a daunting, day long, research task.
This article should help you narrow down your choices based on features and your personality type. Since a number of options are now available in these fitness tools at the best prices we’ve seen in years, you should be able to find the perfect one for you, at the best price, as simple or complex as you need it. Remember that a pedometer is a great motivator – if you love the one you own you’ll be more apt to wear it, set personal fitness goals with it, and get into the shape you deserve.
You will walk more or at the very least be more apt to take more steps throughout the day while wearing a pedometer. Even more so if you really like your pedometer, the features, the design. Taking those extra steps is the difference between losing weight and just staying where you are – or worse, steadily gaining weight as our metabolisms slow down with age. Your pedometer is like your conscience, it will motivate you to take the stairs instead of the elevator, to walk down the hall instead of making that phone call, or to walk the dog instead of just opening the back the door and letting him out into the yard.
So let’s start by organizing the pedometers by personality. The May/June 2006 issue of Weight Watchers Magazine was one of the first to classify pedometers this way and it has helped a lot of people over the years to choose the pedometer that was just right for them.
Four years later, we’re at it again on Pedometers.org…
We’ll start with the basic six and add more based on your comments (leave a comment below if you feel the list lacks your personality type in any way).
- Pedometers for Music-loving Walkers
- Pedometers for Overweight Walkers
- Pedometers for Cardio-conscious Walkers
- Pedometers for Cross-trainers and Advanced Walkers
- Pedometers for Walkers on a Budget
- Pedometers for Techie Walkers
Pedometers for Music-Loving Walkers
Over the years there have been many pedometers released by just as many companies and very few have been successfully received by the new walking-for-fitness or the more experienced walking-fit. In fact for those who prefer to have music in their ears rather than city noise or the buzz of mosquitoes, the IPOD nano (which – 5th Generation – also doubles as a Pedometer) is likely your best choice. The pedometer bundled within the Nano uses the built-in accelerometer to keep track of your steps. Set a daily step goal or leave it on all the time so that it counts every step you take.
For the walking-fit group you can beef up your running and gym exercise controls with add-ons such as: Rock and Run – strap on your Nike shoes and they’ll ‘talk’ to your IPOD Nano pedometer. You can keep an eye on minutes ran, miles covered, and get real-time voice feedback to your workouts. Rock the Gym is a similar feature for fitness enthusiasts who work out at a gym. The iPod nano plus a Nike / iPod compatible cardio machine records pace, time, and distance you’ve worked out at every session.
Finally…when you return home you simply connect your Nano to your MAC or PC and iTunes will automatically send your workout data to the Nike Server -stored securely for as long as you want. Nike will also recommended new fitness challenges for you based on your current level, create custom training programs for you and suggest maps of new routes to try. A social networking feature is also prevalent on the site so you can meet and be inspired by people of like minds worldwide.
Pedometers for Overweight Walkers