Pedometers and walking
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Hi All Readers
This is what I have found with the few pedometers that I have had over the last three years. They all have good and bad points but maybe the one for you is not the one for everyone.
I started out with a cheapo version (under 5 pounds $7.5) these are ok as they count each step but if you knock them up the numbers go. A bad point is the clip, they are easy to break. They also reset if knocked. Some are better than other but they are cheap to replace.
Next, maybe the best step is to pay more. I have a Target (no other name on it) this cost 20 pounds (about $30) this still has a bad clip and I have had two before replacing it with a small cellphone case. This is a bit harder to set up but once setup is ok until the battery goes. It has s/wear for a PC and can be uploaded via an USB port. Down side the s/wear doesn't seem to work above windows 7, pity.
I have used mine now for three years until I got talked into buying a Fitbit. Now I know that some of you, a lot of you use these and are quite happy with them. I was not and took mine back for a refund after having two. The problem I had was that>
1 I didn't like the s/wear
2 It doesn't work that well with SP
3 It misses step count.
I checked mine against my Target and a GPS watch. Then I check it just using the Target by walking a 100 steps. The target logged 100 and the Fitbit around 90. On a mile to target logs 2000 or so but The Fitbit only 1600 or so.
Then I come on to the Garmin Vivofit. Nearly all the above can be aimed at this one as well.
One thing that I do like about this is that SP strips out and leaves you with the exercise calories. I also found that the Target overtake the the Garmin in steps. This morning the Garmin had 170 steps on before I pick up the Target and after 15 minutes walk on the treadmill at around 5kph it was 300 in front. In other words it the Garmin had missed 470 steps or so.
I love the Garmin as it has help me to get a better night sleep but for just walking in the SP's challenges I will not give up my Target.
I wonder if anyone else has done any test as I would love to be proved wrong and that I missed something.
This was not meant to say that you should change your pedometer but what I found as I was unhappy with both mine electronic ones.