I have tried a number of pocket pedometers or pedometers that clip onto your belt or pants. Most of the pedometers I have tried in the past are at the lower end of the financial scale and it was only a matter of time before the clip broke or the accuracy of the step counter quit working correctly. After purchasing a number of them, I decided to upgrade and purchase a pedometer that was a little more money but had excellent reviews. The Omron HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer has been listed as Consumer Reports #1 rated digital pedometer. It’s extremely light weight and really easy to use with just four big buttons on the front. Here are a few of its best features:
- it counts steps accurately and quietly (no clicks) whether it is positioned vertically or horizontally which means you can wear it on your pants or belt, drop it into your pocket, or even a bag or purse.
- it has a large display which makes it very easy to read especially for the visually impaired.
- it stores up to 7 days of information in the memory so you can see progress or lack of progress.
- the pedometer automatically resets to zero at midnight each day to accurately track steps. This is a great feature because you can try to increase your progress each day by having a good baseline from the day before.
- there are six tracking modes; it tracks steps, aerobic steps, time, distance, the amount of calories and fat grams that have been burned.
- the pedometer is sensitive enough to know the difference between regular and brisk steps and will track them separately
This particular Omron pocket pedometer model rises above the other types I have tried because of one thing: quality. It is accurate, it is easy to use and fast, and it is dependable. Probably the only downside is that the batteries only last about six months (but that happens with all electronics). It takes a small screwdriver, like a jeweler’s or one you might use on eye glasses, to open up the back of the pedometer in order to change the battery.
After purchasing this model of pedometer, I can honestly say that I enjoy walking and it is fun to have such a reliable electronic device that will keep track of my progress.