So I have completed the Omron Pedometer 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge with the rest of the selected bloggers via Mamavation (Disclosure: I was compensated for this post about the Omron TriAxis Pedometer through the Bookieboo Influencer Network and Mamavation, a disease prevention campaign for moms.)
While I did not hit the 10,000 steps mark each day, I am proud of what I did accomplish. I walked a total of 233,423 steps or 38.31 miles during the 30 day period. Here are some things I learned this past month.
- 10,000 steps a day is a lot and, for me, it is something you have to put a conscious effort into achieving. My normal daily habits will not get me to the 10,000 mark on any regular day.
- On days I work a lot at my desk I am very sedentary and only would get around 1,200 steps in just moving around the office and home. I was surprised at how little I moved!
- On busy days where I was out and about doing errands, going to meetings, etc. I still would only hit about 5,000 steps in a day. It sure seemed like I was walking more than that, but the pedometer told a different story.
- Walking helps you lose weight! Plus, it makes your butt and calves look better!
- Good walking shoes help a lot. When you are actually spending dedicated time to getting those steps in by walking around your subdivision, a track, or on a treadmill or elliptical those shoes mean a lot. I think I need to invest in some better ones – mine are okay, but I think I can do better.
- Walking a lot makes you peppier! Yes, you may be tired after you do a lot of walking at once, but you still feel energized at the same time.
- A walking partner is nice to have. Hubby did walk with me some, but I would love to find someone who I could meet with every day to walk with. It is just better having some one with you I think.
- Doing little things can help increase your steps during the day like parking at the back of the parking lots, walking in place while you are standing and waiting for something, and doing things yourself rather than asking someone else to get something for you.
- I was happy to have my elliptical machine here at home to help me reach my step goals at night when I saw how much I needed to go!
This entire month I was using the Omron Tri-Axis USB Pedometer. There are a lot of fitness tools out there right now that connect digitally to different devices which are great, but not everyone has a smartphone or tablet to sync those kinds of devices with. This Omron Pedometer uses a USB connection instead which most computers and laptops have a port for. Your data is stored, up to 22 days worth, and when you connect it to your computer it will take you to the Omron site and your dashboard where you can upload your data and see it on the screen. Here are my thoughts on this device.
- Before you start using the pedometer you measure your stride length and enter it into the device so that it accurately records your steps. Obviously someone who is 6’6” is going to have a different stride length than someone 5’2”. This made it a more accurate count of steps I think.
- The price is $49.99 which I think is a good value
- I like that it counts steps whether it is flat, vertical or horizontal. The cheap pedometers do not do this. While I am loosing weight, I do still have a tummy and if I put a pedometer on my waistband of my pants there is a chance it will get rolled over a bit. With the cheap pedometers it stops counting, with this Omron pedometer it kept counting. I also actually wore it inside the center of my bra on several days – if you have big boobs this is an option, not so sure if you have a smaller chest.
- The cap on the USB plug definitely stays on tight, which is good, but it is a bit hard to actually get off when you want it off.
- There is a clip that slides around the pedometer to attach it to your waistband, bra, etc. Nice to have, but I had several occasions where the pedometer slid out of the little holster. It needs to be a tighter fit.
- The display is easy to read
- You can have friends connected with you on the Omron website and you can easily share via Twitter and Facebook.
- You can turn off showing weight in your public profile!
- The Omron pedometer seems very sturdy. I dropped it multiple times over the month and ran into things and bumped it (I’m a bit of a klutz these days) and there does not seem to be any visible wear or tear on it even.
- The Omron pedometer also serves as a strapless heart monitor.
I’m really glad that I was able to take the challenge via Mamavation. It helped me get on the ball more with exercising like I needed too. I’m only down a few pounds since I started, BUT I am down more inches and have built more muscle during the month which is a very good thing. I plan to keeping aiming for 10,000 steps a day even now that the challenge is done.
Do you use a pedometer? Do you have a daily goal of steps you try to make?[signoff]
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