Pedometers are available in many versions such as an app, bracelet or as a clip-on. The device is no longer used solely by athletes, but also by non-professionals to get more exercise in their everyday lives.
- 1 Omron HJ325 Alvita – Your assistant on the way to a healthy lifestyle
- 2 RealAlt 3D TriSport – Pedometer with Clip
- 3 Garmin Running Dynamics Pod for serious athletes
- 4 How did the pedometer come about?
- 5 How does a pedometer work?
- 6 Wearable pedometers – wrist, shoe or belt
- 7 What type of device to purchase?
- 8 Pedometer for losing weight
- 9 Your pedometer as a personal motivator
- 10 Low effort, maximum success
- 11 Is the measurement of step counters 100% reliable?
- 12 Your daily companion: What should you keep in mind?
- 13 Activity Tracker: Your smart companion
- 14 Which manufacturers are behind the pedometer?
- 15 The most popular free pedometer apps
The Omron HJ325 is a convenient and functional device for monitoring your activities. This is a necessary device not only for athletes but also for those who want to improve their body awareness. Today, people have low mobility. They sit in the office, work at the computer. But movement is very important for everyone.
The “heart” of this pedometer is a high-precision 3D sensor that reads the data at three levels. It displays the information on a sufficiently large and easy-to-read LCD display. The main function of the pedometer is to calculate the steps, the total distance traveled (in kilometers or miles) and the number of calories consumed. The last option is useful for people who want to lose weight. If you know the number of calories consumed, it is easy for you to stick to the specific diet.
The Omron HJ325 pedometer is powered by a small CR2032 battery. As the manufacturer assures, it can work with CR2032 for 6 months if we use the device 12 hours a day.
We can wear the device on the belt like a clip. It can also be placed in a bag or attached to a belt (included). This pedometer ensures high accuracy and reliability at any placement of the pedometer on the body.
Fast aerobic steps
An important feature of the Omron HJ325 step counter is the ability to count aerobic steps. Aerobic steps are the steps a person takes with increased intensity (at a speed of over 60 steps per minute) over a long period (at least 10 minutes).
If we already know this data, the user can calculate the amount of energy consumed during the workout.
Monitor your activity
The step counter Omron HJ325 can work in action mode. In this mode, it calculates your steps, distance traveled and calories burned over a long period or during the day. It also allows you to reach your goals quickly. You can also know exactly when you need to be more active.
Power saving mode
If the unit does not lock in motion for 1 minute, it will automatically switch to power save mode to conserve battery power. When activity resumes, the pedometer counts your steps.
The pedometer stores the recorded data in its memory. When you exit power save mode, counting starts automatically (with the last result). The total memory capacity of the pedometer is 7 days.
The 3D TriSport Walking 3D from Realalt is one bestseller among simple step counters. You can wear it around your neck, clip it to your waistband or place it in your pocket, thanks to the 3D TriAxis sensor technology.
The 3D TriSport measures:
- The number of steps,
- The distance traveled (in km or miles),
- The calories burned and the
- Active time
The device stores the data for up to 30 days so you can track your progress and fitness goals.
The setup is very simple.
You first enter the date and time and decide whether you want to use the 12 or 24 hour system, and km or miles.
Then you enter your personal data:
- Step length (to calculate the distance)
- Weight (to calculate the calories burned) and
- Daily goal (e.g. 10,000 steps)
The 3D TriSport works completely autonomously. It need not be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The data remains only on the device and is not transferred to the Internet. Therefore, it is also suitable for seniors and children.
Our experience with the 3D TriSport
The setup is not entirely intuitive. We first had to study the manual to do the setup. On the back of the device, there is a foil in the battery compartment to prevent the CR2032 battery from discharging. For this purpose, they supply a small screwdriver, with which you can open the compartment and screw it back again.
You need to enter the step length manually. Many other fitness trackers automatically determine your step length. The best way to do this is to take 10 steps, measure the distance, and divide it by 10.
The measurement of the steps is very accurate. However, even this step counter cannot always recognize exactly whether it is a step or other movements. When driving a car over stones or riding a bicycle over a bumpy road, it adds a few steps. This is normal and only marginally distorts the daily goal.
Realalt supplies a robust clip and a lanyard with the pedometer. The clip is very helpful and allows you to attach it to your belt or waistband without noticing it during the day.
The large, clear and easy-to-read display shows the time and the number of steps. However, the display is not illuminated.
Unlike many other step counters, the steps taken are not automatically reset to 0 at midnight. It displays the total number of steps under the menu item “Total Step” and the steps taken during the day under the item “Step”. The total number can be manually reset to 0 by pressing the Reset button.
Running without a chest strap previously meant not having to perform a detailed running analysis. This is now changing with the innovative Garmin Running Dynamics Pod. At just 12 grams, the inconspicuously designed Pod weighs very little and you can attach it easily to your sports trousers. The ideal point to wear the Pod is the waistband at the back, exactly in the middle.
The Pod records automatically and transmits data as soon as you run. In use, the Running Dynamics Pod measures the wearer’s movements and running behavior. The vertical movement and ratio, stride length and stride frequency, ground contact time and left-right balance are measured by the small, lightweight device and transmitted to the Garmin watch via ANT+ protocol.
Running Dynamics Pod can be coupled with the Garmin Forerunner 935 and Forerunner 735 XT and the models of the Fenix 5 and Chronos series.
The running efficiency values can be visualized and evaluated with the help of Garmin Connect. Data about your running behavior not only gives information about potentials and reserves but are also indicators for unhealed injuries or training deficits.
Garmin Running Dynamics Pod delivers running analysis data
With the Garmin Running Dynamics Pod the passionate runner gets more information about his running style and present it in the Garmin App.
Unlike classic running sensors, the Running Dynamics Pod is ideally not attached to your running shoe but to the center back of the waistband. It weighs just 12 grams and is hardly bigger than a walnut. If you train for about 1 hour per day, the battery life according to the manufacturer is about one year.
Running Dynamics Running analysis without chest strap
The runner can record the following data regarding his running behavior even without Garmin’s HRM/TRI chest straps:
- vertical movement
- vertical ratio
- step frequency
- stride length
- ground contact time
- left-right balance
How does the Running Dynamics Pod work?
As soon as you run, the Running Dynamics Pod automatically starts recording and transfers the data to a Garmin sports watch. The Pod is compatible with the Forerunner 735 XT, all Fenix 5 variants, the Chronos series and the new Garmin Forerunner 935.
When do I choose the Running Dynamics Pod?
If you face a choice between a HR Chest Strap and the Running Dynamics Pod, choose the Running Dynamics Pod if you don’t want to wear a HR Chest Strap or if you don’t want to wear a HR Heart Rate Monitor. However, you don’t have to do without accurate HR measurements while running, because the Garmin sports watches mentioned above have an integrated heart rate monitor.
With the Running Dynamics Pod, you also get the running analysis data summarized by Garmin under the term Running Dynamics. These data can provide information about improvement possibilities or training deficits of the runner.
How did the pedometer come about?
In the age of technology, a pedometer is no longer a special feature. However, it is not surprising that the idea and similar devices have been around for so long. The device was already used several centuries ago – completely without digital technology. Leonardo Da Vinci had the first idea for such a device. He sketched a similar device over 500 years ago. However, it was not until sometime later that a person started to build the device: Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd US President. Whether he is the actual inventor, however, is still an open debate. In 1780, a watchmaker from Switzerland produced the first mechanical device.
How does a pedometer work?
The cheaper devices are equipped with a ball inside. It rolls from one side to the other during movements. This allows the device to perceive how many steps we have taken. The device becomes inaccurate when the user moves a lot without walking. Even when walking on normal ground, the devices showed a certain error rate. This means that the variant is only of limited interest in everyday life.
More sophisticated and modern pedometers use microelectromechanical systems that detects when the device is tilted using wheel alignment. Although these variants are much more accurate than the cheaper ones, they are still prone to errors.
Wearable pedometers – wrist, shoe or belt
To get as accurate a result as possible, it is advisable to attach it to the foot or ankle. There are also devices that you may not attach to the foot. You can clip Fitbit Fitness Tracker Zip model for example, to different parts of your outfit. According to the manufacturer, the device can be placed in a trouser pocket, clipped on a belt or even on a bra. The functionality is provided by a chip on the device itself. This enables the device to measure steps and distance traveled.
From Fitbit and other manufacturers, there are also variants for the wrist. You wear it like a normal bracelet and then measure the steps, distances and also the sleep cycles. Some variants also have LED displays.
What type of device to purchase?
Ultimately, it depends on you and your requirements. One should consider whether one carries the device for calculating how many steps one walks daily, or one would like to get more tracking information with it. If you are curious about how much you move in everyday life, we recommend the wrist or clip type device. This will enable you to decide for yourself when and how you wear the device.
But if you are a professional athlete, think about a higher quality professional device that you can on your ankles or shoes. Many running shoes are now equipped with step counters and thus offer optimum comfort. They also equip the devices with GPS so that the counting is more accurate.
Pedometer for losing weight
Pedometers are not only motivating for athletes. People who want to lose weight or eat a calorie-conscious diet also get their money’s worth with these devices. The device makes it possible to determine the distance covered and also how many calories you burn. You can not only motivate and control yourself with such a fitness tracker but also set your own defined goals. Especially people, who work a lot while sitting, find the product very interesting and easy to integrate into everyday life.
Fitness has long since arrived in the digital world. Many apps help you shape your body quickly and healthily into a dream figure. This also includes the pedometer which measures your daily activity and encourages you to exercise more.
Experts recommend 10,000 steps a day – too many to count in your head. To measure the number correctly, you need an electronic pedometer that is technically flawless.
A modern pedometer measures your steps using piezo technology. Piezo… what? Explained – The technology ensures that an integrated sensor records all movements (forwards, backwards, sideways and upwards) three-dimensionally. In this way, the device detects whether it is a step or other type of movement. Now there are apps for smartphones that count your footsteps, and devices worn on your hips or in your pocket.
Your pedometer as a personal motivator
We have known for a long time that sufficient exercise prevents cardiovascular diseases and also melts the excess pounds. A pedometer can be a great help. Have you ever thought about your range of motion during the day? It is not uncommon for our steps during the day to be underestimated.
Sitting every day is known to be detrimental to health. So it’s better to walk through the office once more to fetch water or copy something. Or speak to the colleague on the other side of the room personally instead of writing an e-mail. You’ll see how much that can matter.
If you count your steps in a playful way and find out how many calories you consume, you are automatically motivated to move more consciously. Suddenly it’s not so bad to walk two bus stops or use the stairs once more. A positive result is not far away.
Low effort, maximum success
Even a little more exercise a day can have very positive effects on health, especially for people who have hardly moved or not at all. To maintain your health, exercise for at least 75 to 150 minutes a week.
But nothing beats daily exercise: Ideally, its 30 minutes five days a week. Your pedometer is your friend and helper by simply taking a closer look at your evaluation of the number of steps you take and thinking about where you can find “room” for more exercise in your everyday life.
You don’t believe how much potential there is for movement in your daily routine: Ignore the elevator and take the stairs, start the day with a walk to work or pay a repeated visit to the water dispenser in the office. Your pedometer will show you the result in the evening, and it will amaze you!
Is the measurement of step counters 100% reliable?
The technology has developed considerably in recent years. Compared to the expensive devices of 15 years ago, the step counters today are both affordable and technically mature. According to statistics, in 2018 there were no major discrepancies between step counters in your pocket on your wrist or a smartphone app. On average, your measurement only starts after 35 steps. It does not take simple movements while sitting or driving into account.
Your daily companion: What should you keep in mind?
At the beginning, know what you want: Should your pedometer record ALL steps per day? Do you want more features like calorie counters, recording of sleeping habits or pulse measurement? Your device should be small and handy, and the display should be easy to read, even when it’s dark.
Want to do more than just count your steps? No problem, there are many features that make the modern pedometer.
Pedometers with more features have become more and more popular in recent years. Especially people who work a lot sitting down need more activity and movement in their lives. Are you one of them? Then the so-called Activity Tracker is just the thing for you.
Activity Tracker: Your smart companion
Activity or fitness trackers have become very popular. It is available either as a clip-on or as a bracelet. Here you can not only determine your sleeping habits and measure your pulse but also synchronize the Activity Tracker with your smartphone to have your data evaluated in an app. As you can see, the technology is becoming more and more sophisticated and the production of modern pedometers continues to progress.
Which manufacturers are behind the pedometer?
The pioneer of the classic pedometer is the Japanese manufacturer Omron closely followed by the traditional company Kasper & Richter.
The range of pedometer products on offer has become very confusing in recent years. Manufacturers such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Sony, Nike or Huawei have brought activity trackers onto the market.
The most popular free pedometer apps
If you can’t separate from your smartphone and also use lots of apps, you can look forward to some free pedometer apps. Below, I summarize the most popular apps:
Accupedo: Pedometer and Calorie Counter in One
With this app, go 4 to 12 consecutive steps before the measurement starts. If you stop, it will interrupt the measurement. Here you get detailed information about all relevant data, e.g. calorie consumption. You can adjust the sensitivity of the step counter. We advise you not to load the battery unnecessarily and to adjust the energy settings.
- Available for: Android and iOS
- Special feature: Daily reports via mail
Pacer: Pedometer and slimming support
With this app you have a pedometer that informs you about your progress by showing your progress in the trends. If you want to lose weight, you can enter your current weight and monitor its development. You can also define your goals.
- Available for: Android and iOS
- Special feature: Documenting your weight development
Runtastic Steps: Tracking around the clock
This app measures all the steps you take. Not only does it measure the distance but also the time you take to get there. You can set your own daily step target and check the number of calories you burn, thanks to its additional features. The app also gives you statistics on your sleep sessions.
- Available for: Android and iOS
- Special feature: Tracking even during sleep