I decided to take a small step into the world of fitness gadgets. I bought a pedometer last week. I bought an Omron HJ-321 from Amazon. At $15, the price was right and it had very positive user reviews.
I didn’t want to jump into a high-tech wristband at the moment. I don’t want that level of complexity right now. I just want something I can clip to my waist that will count my steps. I don’t need anything more than that. I like that this is a simple device that I don’t have to charge every day or every other day. The pedometer has a 7-day memory, so I have created a spreadsheet where I will enter my step count once a week. I like to keep track of stats.
I know that smartphones can count steps and do some cool stuff with the information. That isn’t all that useful for me, as I do not carry my phone with me all the time. Most of the time, my phone stays plugged into the computer or a wall outlet. Since it wouldn’t be on me all the time, the information would not be complete.
The health community recommends walking approximately 10,000 steps a day. That goal isn’t as easy to achieve as it sounds, especially if you work in an office or sit at a desk for large part of the day. After seven days of use, I have not reached that goal. I had a fairly high step count on the first day when I received the pedometer in the mail. That was due to the fact that I happened to play tennis that afternoon for an hour and a half. Despite covering a lot of ground in the game, I was still well short of 10,000 because I only had the device for less than half of the day.
My highest step count in the past week has been 9,400, and that was only achieved by going out of my way to get the number up. With that in mind, the pedometer is serving its purpose. The purpose is to get more exercise. Wearing the pedometer, I have certainly found myself walking more. I will now take the long way to get somewhere. I park farther away from the entrance of a store. I walk around the block when I go out to check my mail.
I haven’t taken an intentional long walk in the one week I’ve owned the pedometer. The clocks changed last weekend, and it’s now getting dark too early in the evenings for me to reasonably take a walk after work. This coming weekend I’m going to head over to the lake and walk until I reach those elusive 10,000 steps and hopefully beyond.
I look forward to making good use of the pedometer. I’m glad I bought it. I’ve been enjoying it and have been wearing it at all waking hours. Perhaps it will encourage me to take up running. Nah, let’s not get carried away.