Pedometers

are they any good?

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11/09/2004 at 12:29
Like Andrew Whaley have put mine in the bin, it recorded 0.6 miles and 15 minutes for a 3 mile run in 31 minutes - the day before on the same run completely different reading. Now use car and watch. Mind you was a cheapie for Giles Sports.
26/09/2004 at 17:41
Have dead cheap one from Decathlon - 12.99 euro. Measure time on seperate stopwatch. Play around with the calibration depending on route and as others pass time on long runs trying to work out the maths.....
29/09/2004 at 13:34
I bought my sister a pedometer that is based on accelaromator technology so its the most accurate available and its about £35 but well worth it, she uses it in aerobics class aswell as running...its an Omron HJ112 and I got it from London Marathon Store also found info at www.findastockist.com
01/10/2004 at 23:45
I had a cheapie one and it was rubbish.For ages I really underestimated my running speed because the pedometer read 7.6kph which is only slightly faster than walking.Gave up and used the thread + A-z method which is more accurate.Got a new pedometer for last christmas but haven't got round to setting it up...seems a bit complex.
LOK
07/11/2004 at 19:45
just flagging this thread up again in light of recent pedometer revival due to walkers crisps, itv and now bbc fat nation giveaway

interesting review of pedometer accuracy here

http://walking.about.com/cs/measure/a/pedaccuracy04.htm

and confirms what the UK govt researchers found when they first thought of the 10 000 steps a day program
ie that the Yamax Digi-Walker is one of the most accurate ones
and that alot of them are a a long way out
LOK
07/11/2004 at 20:59
normal pedos can be more than inaccurate...but the HJ112/3 from Omron are useing accelaromator technology
15/10/2008 at 21:24

The pedometer I had was no good to me because even though it was quite a pricey one, I wanted to wear it all day to do the 10,000 steps thing. But if you got in a car on on bus or whatever, it counted every tiny bump in the road as a step. There seemed to be no way of temporarily "pausing" it either.

Do the Omron ones with the new technology overcome this, or are there at least ones I can temporarily disable when I know I'm not walking but might register "false" steps?

07/09/2009 at 16:53

There are a couple of ways that pedometers filter out 'false' steps. 

One is time related, so that after say 4 or 6 seconds of movement the pedometer starts to count.  Therefore if going over a long stretch bumpy road (for example) it could lead to accumulating a lot of false steps.

Other pedometers however use a different filter technology that requires you to do a certain number of steps in a row before it starts to record your step count.  This would get over your car/bus journey problem.   The other good news is that it can be lower cost pedometers that have this type of filter.

advice with pedometers and step counters

Edited: 07/09/2009 at 16:57
31/05/2010 at 09:16
I used a Omron pedometer, it's good for my walking everyday, pity it's broken. i seach google would like to get a free one, and find pedometerhk.com can supply a gps pedomter, hope i can get one...everyone who know this website or ever got one?
31/05/2010 at 09:17
31/05/2010 at 20:55
I tried a pedometer years ago. Went for a walk, counting steps. Compared with the pedometer and founf that the pedometer was counting maybe 60% of my steps, making it useless - obviously I walk too smoothly. Whether it would work better with running, I'm not sure.
31/05/2010 at 23:24
a GPS pedometer can solve this problem, because it use the GPS techlology, just like the navigator...besides, you can adjust the stride range to make your pedometer more accurancy, I know it can go to 95%, but 60% is so bad!
Nam
31/05/2010 at 23:31

Ken, even when it's "on topic" it's still SPAM!

Read the T&Cs http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/members/termsandcond.asp?sp=&v=6

01/06/2010 at 14:14
I bought a silva pedometer from Blacks,it cost about £20 quid & I have checked it against map my run thingy & it is very accurate & so is the time as have checked that too,I have had it for 18 months so far & still works perfectly on same batteries.......I use it when I go on long walks & it has been fab
02/06/2010 at 01:12
Pedometers are fine. But you will get to a stage if your running progresses where it becomes not good enough. I wore a Nike+ for a Marathon the other week and at the end it told my i'd ran 27.6 miles which obviouly is not true. I'm now looking to buy a Garmin GPS watch.  I think pedometers are fine though if your only running shorter distances.
02/06/2010 at 10:10
The Nike+ isn't a pedometer.  It's a footpod.
30/06/2012 at 07:53

 

Pedometers are really helping us to maintain our fitness; with that we can count our daily steps, heart beat rate, running speed etc. here it is one company which provides MOVBands, it is a wrist watch pedometer, you can use it like watch as well as a pedometer.

Edited: 02/07/2012 at 07:32

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