Which Pedometer Should I Get?

Setting a goal of walking 10,000 steps a day could motivate you to become active enough to gain the health benefits of exercise.  You count steps automatically with a pedometer.  Regular exercise also helps keep lost weight from returning.

Thanks to the Internet, you can waste spend hours reviewing features of pedometers before you make a purchase. 

Consumer Reports magazine in February, 2009, reviewed pedometers and their #1 Best Buy recommendation was the Omron HJ 112, which you can clip to your belt or waistband, or carry in your purse.  Available for around $15-30 (U.S. dollars). 

No. 2 was the Accusplit AE 170 XLG ($30-35).  The Accusplit AE 170 is probably just as good.  The only differences I see are that you can enter specific goals into the XLG and it tracks your progress and the time you’re moving. 

The Omron HIP (HJ 150, $20) is also very popular and probably the simplest one to use on this page.

The guys at Obesity Panacea blog recommend the Omron HJ-303 ($35), which you can carry in your pocket instead of clipped to your waistband.

You don’t have to be a marathoner or gym rat to gain most of the health benefits of exercise.  Why not start a walking program today?

Steve Parker, M.D.

Disclosure:  I was not paid to mention these products.  I haven’t owned or used any of them.  If you are a device manufacturer or sales representative and would like me to try your pedometer, please contact me by e-mail.

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