As part of my new attempt at fitness, I thought I’d see how I do with the 10,000-steps-per-day minimum recommended activity. I bought a shiny new pedometer, the Omron HJ-112, based on some Amazon praise.
The gist of the reviews there was that the sensor tracked continuous steps, ignoring intermittent jostling and only counting once you walked for four seconds or more. It was also advertised as accurate whether it was on your belt, in a pocket, or tucked away in a bag.
This was what I really wanted — a “set it and forget it” pedometer that I didn’t have to wear on my belt and proclaim to the world my exercise habits. (Um, yeah, I realize I’m blogging this and there’s a contradiction in there.) I wanted to put it in my pocket and not worry about it for the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, the HJ-112 doesn’t live up to the advertising. It’s a great pedometer, but it suffers from the same limitations as any other pedometer I’ve ever used. It needs to be kept reasonably perpendicular to the ground — although not mentioned in the description, “pocket” is limited to a shirt pocket.
I tried using it for a couple days in my pants pocket and jostling about while I sat was still a problem. It credited me with over 2,000 steps during my drive to work and another 1,000 while I sat at a computer all day.
So it’s a bust. I would still recommend it to anyone who wanted a high tech pedometer. It automatically resets its count each day, it stores a week’s worth of walks in memory, and tracks “aerobic steps” (walks longer than 10 minutes at 60 steps per minute) separately.
But if you just want something to track your walks and think you’ll need to mess around with this less, think again. You’ll still need to remove it while sitting to avoid false steps being counted. I now use it to count steps for single walks, rather than trying to get an all-day step count.