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Compact and easy to use pedometer and more but very pricy,
This review is from: Omron CaloriScan HJA-306 Professional Weight Management Activity Monitor - White (Personal Care)
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We know we are supposed to walk more for health. Guidelines vary between 3,000 and 10,000 steps a day and for those watching their weight (ahem) counting steps can be a good way to ensure that you are hitting the minimum at least.
This small Omron device is marketed as a Weight Management Activity Monitor (probably to justify the heavy price bracket) and it has several functions designed to help in any weight management campaign.
* Simple step pedometer
*Activity step pedometer, which measures continuous exercise steps, cutting in after 4 seconds of sustained activity
*Basic metabolic calorie counter, which just charts your body's standard calorific needs but adds on any activity calories used.
*Activity calorie counter which counts just the calories earned by activity.
There is a 7 day memory function so that you can review the past week and a trip counter that gives you the cumulative total for the time the device has been on. It comes with a good clip on strap approx 4 inches long and a secure grasp to fasten it onto clothes or (in my case) bra. It is about 2cm by 5 cm so it is small enough to live in a pocket or tuck into clothing and not be a big lump.
Setting up was easy after finding a sharp point to activate set up, buttons were clear and the instructions clear enough to be effective. It asked for height, weight and pace length and hey presto it was away. (I used an online calculator to convert from imperial to metric)
I have used the pedometer for about 2 weeks now and I am happy with it in use. It has a clear and very readable LCD display that shows the information at a size that is legible to most people. At first I found the idea that I burned 2000 calories a day just doing nothing weird, but (duh) of course the body burns calories at rest... and then I enjoyed working out what my extra calories are. The amount of walking, dancing or running you have to do to earn 40 calories can be frightening, and that is only an apple's worth! The small size makes it easy to cart around and provides a continual reminder that the next chocolate bar needs to be carefully considered. I enjoy seeing how active/passive my different days are and I think it would keep me motivated to keep moving rather than stay sat down since even just meandering around the house adds to the totals.
It has so much going for it..... but the hefty price tag stands against it as a big put off. Plain pedometers are available at £10 or £20 and I can't see where the massive price difference comes in. Omron themselves have the Omron HJ-203 Pedometer with Activity Tracker - Automatic - White, Pink that appears to have the same features at half the price while SAI Super-Quality All-In-One Waterproof Exercise Monitoring System With Built-In USB Interface - Heart Rate Monitor Watch, 3D Sensor - Transmitter Chest Belt - Measures Distance, Speed, Steps, Calories and Fat - For Running, Jogging and Walking - Upload... seems to offer a heart rate monitor as well. At half the RRP this would have earned a couple more stars, but lost them on account of the cost.