New Look Gymboss available at Pedometers Australia

Gymboss have just released their new snazzy colours and design.

So what’s new…

1. Apart from the great colours (the orange Gymboss is by far my favourite.)

2. They have made the clip detachable which is a great idea, so you can wear the Gymboss in your pocket or around your neck (if you have a neck lanyard) or attach the clip and wear it clipped on to your waist, pocket or Gymboss armband. Be warned, once you attach the clip it can be a little tricky to get off again, but I’m sure you will get the hang of it!;)

3. They have added a clock function which doesn’t do much for me but I can see why many people would like it. Just remember if you leave it on clock function the timer will not automatically go to sleep mode, so it will use your battery quicker.

4. The back of the Gymboss now accommodates a safety strap or neck lanyard loop. See ‘How to connect the safety strap’ below to know what I mean.

5. From what I have noticed after using the ‘new look’ Gymboss is that the LCD is slightly bigger and it seems to be much better quality making the digits that much clearer.

Yup! It has my stamp of approval.

Visit the shop to see all the features of the Gymboss: www.PedometersAustralia.com

“I would seriously be lost without my Gymboss when I do my interval running – it doesn’t matter how many fitness gadgets you have (and I have a few)  – the Gymboss is a ‘must have’ in any sports bag!”

How to connect the safety strap to the Gymboss

Accidents do happen, especially to these small sports gadgets like Gymbosses due to the nature of the exercise we use them in  – we can’t be there to catch it should it fall for you but we certainly can give you a little safety line. When you purchase the Gymboss from PedometersAustralia.com we include a free safety strap.

Firstly (optional), disconnect the strap from the loop end , you don’t have to do this but it can make it easier.

Step 1. Feed the loop end through the two holes in the back of the Gymboss. (This can be as frustrating as pulling thread through the eye of a needle – but don’t give up!)

Step 2. Pull the plastic end through the eye of the loop, securing the loop to the Gymboss

Step 3. If you disconnected the strap from the loop in the beginning  – reconnect it and there you have it, the safety strap is now in place.

All you do now is clip the bulldog clip onto your pocket or waistband to prevent the Gymboss falling if knocked.

Free safety strap from Pedometers Australia with every Gymboss

UP by Jawbone

As you may have seen on Facebook we are very excited to be stocking UP by Jawbone, a wristband activity tracker. Visit shop: http://www.pedometersaustralia.com/jawbone-up-wristband>>

We have had a few phone calls asking us what UP is all about, which has prompted this article.

I am currently ‘road testing’ the UP and will be writing my own review shortly (I would like to add here that I think the UP and app are pretty awesome to date! People are shocked when I tell them the black bangle on my wrist is actually an activity tracker, it looks just like fashionable wrist piece) , so meanwhile I thought I would take snippets from Jawbones press release (released 20 March 2013) about UP to help explain what it is in their words:

“UP is a revolutionary wristband and app system that helps you learn things about yourself and your lifestyle that you never knew. UP fits effortlessly into the way you live to help you understand how you sleep, move, eat and feel, and how those activities affect one another. It delivers useful and engaging information through a smartphone application that generates personalised insights to help you make meaning of the data and achieve your goals.”

“UP utilizes sensors in the wristband, the powerful phone in your pocket, and data in the cloud to deliver a narrative of your daily life:

Sleep: UP employs a revolutionary sleep tracking system. Sophisticated motion-sensing technology tracks micro-movements of your wrist to deliver unprecedented detail including how long it took you to fall asleep, how much light vs. deep sleep you got, how long you were in bed and how many times you woke up during the night. By using the new Power Nap feature or setting the silent Smart Alarm, UP wakes you at the most optimal point in your sleep cycle so you wake up feeling refreshed and alert.

• Move: UP gives you comprehensive information about how you move throughout the day, including active vs. idle time, intensity of movement, total steps, distance, and calories burned. UP also vibrates gently to remind you to get up and move when you’ve been inactive for a specified amount of time.

• Eat: UP helps you understand more about your food choices. Simply take a photo of your food to create a visual journal, or go deeper by scanning a barcode or searching the database for more complete nutritional information.

• Mood: UP lets you keep track of how you feel throughout the day so you can correlate how your sleep, movement and eating affect your mood.

• Insights: UP analyzes your data to deliver highly personalized insights. It reveals connections between different elements of your life, shows how you compare to others, and educates with new information that’s tailored for you. The more you use UP, the more powerful the insights will become.”

So, that is UP in a nutshell! And yes the UP app is available in both the iTunes and Google Play store.

Please don’t hesitate to call, email or comment if you have any questions about the UP and how it may help you in your everyday life.

NOTE: We can’t as yet compare the Fitbit Flex (also a wristband activity tracker) with Up by Jawbone because Fitbit Flex is not available until late May 2013 – but PedometersAustralia.com  has been chosen as one of the few retailers to stock it initially, so we will let you know when it’s here and we will certainly be writing a review on it along with a comparison to the UP :)

All new Omron Hj320e and Hj321e Pocket hip pedometers

As normal, we jump through hoops to get our hands on the latest models of pedometers & activity monitors so we can put them through their paces before adding to our pedometer shops!

We are expecting our first delivery of Omrons new pocket hip pedometer around  8th March (they have been available in USA for sometime and I believe they have just been released in the UK.  (Note USA versions are different then the European  & Asia Pacific versions – the main difference being that USA only sell Omron Pedometers in Imperial measurement not metric.) 

Usually I am really excited when I know there is a new pedometer hitting the market and  jump on the poor courier person as soon as they walk through the office door (a bit like a kid in a candy shop), but the Hj320e and Hj321e just didn’t really ‘do it’ for me from the very start – I thought they looked ordinary on paper and sadly they were no better seeing them in person.

So why would you buy one?

Sadly, there is nothing outstanding or different about these two pedometers that I can ‘yell from the mountain top’ – they are quite simply just another pocket pedometer! So why would you (as a customer) buy them? – that’s the question we ask ourselves before testing and stocking any pedometer? Our answer: They are a little cheaper then other Omron pocket pedometers and they look it too! They offer the step accuracy we have always loved with Omon accelerometer pedometers and hey, at the end of the day thats what you really want from a pedometer.

Beauty or the Beast?

If you’re after a ‘smart looking’ pedometer  then these latest additions to the Omron range may not be your pedometer of choice. I have been a raving fan of Omron for many years – but we think these latest models look very clinical and plasticy when compared to our favourite Omron HJ304e Walking Style X>>. It’s left us wondering why they have taken this design direction!

However, if you’re happy with an ‘ordinary looking’ pedometer (remember ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’) but want a pedometer that does its job very well in the accuracy department then you may well be looking at your next best walking buddy!

Thin, lightweight and accurate

The Omrom HJ320e and HJ321e are just 3.8mm thin, offering high step accuracy. They  have a 4 second step buffer – if you continue walking for more then 4 seconds, it displays the step count for the 4 seconds and continues to count. If you walked for say only 3 seconds it wouldn’t count those steps. This is a great feature that all good accelerometer pedometers offer.

Wear it anywhere (almost). 

Both these pedometers come with a detachable waist clip, the clip looks little cheap in my view so I strongly recommend you use the pedometer safety strap we provide free just incase…

Wear this pedometer on your waist, in your pocket or around the neck (neck lanyard sold separately) – that leaves you no excuse to leave home without it :)

Feature variation

The HJ320e>>  is simple to use as it has only 3 features, time, steps and distance (kilometers or miles). For those doing their research before purchasing – this is not the USA version as it does not have 7 day memory.

This pedometer would be ideal for:

Seniors:  As its easy to use, large LCD screen plus no technology knowledge required :)

The HJ321e>>  is a little more feature rich offering time, steps, aerobic steps, distance, and calories burnt plus 7 day memory. Aerobic steps are counted separately when walking more than 60 steps per minute and more then 10 minutes continuously. I really like this feature as it encourages you to walk that little bit faster for longer.

Even though it has more features then the HJ320e its still easy to set up – it even has auto calculate step length based on the height you enter.

This pedometer would be ideal for the:

Budget conscious: This is an excellent pedometer for the price tag (under $43.00 AUD )with all the features you need to help you kick start your weight loss and/or health goals.

Please, feel free to leave your thoughts below – whether you love it, hate it or are just thinking about buying one – let us know :)

Happy Stepping 

PS. The ALL new HR500 U continuous strapless heart rate watch…

The next Omron product we will reviewing is Omrons new continuous strapless heart rate watch –  the HR-500U  – the courier has just arrived with it (and yes, this time I did jump on him with some excitement and anticipation) I have got as far as pulling it out of the box…the LCD screen is awesome, crisp and clean digits and a good quality bright backlight but what were they thinking with that watch strap…

Stay tuned for our in-depth look and review of the Omron Hj500U strapless heart rate monitor…

Pedometers Australia Reviews Mio Alpha - part one

Part 1

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the much talked about and anticipated Mio Alpha strapless heart rate monitor for sometime now. It’s break-thru ‘continuous  technology’ that frees us from having to wear a chest strap. To coin Mio’s catch cry “Heart Rate, Reinvented”. Here’s my first impressions…

Out of the box – onto my wrist – headed to the door for a run!

My first test for most products is ‘Can I operate it straight out the box without instructions’ – and Mio Alpha passed this test with flying colours!

I literally took it out of the box, removed the watch face sticker, set the time and popped it onto my wrist after first synching the Mio Alpha to my fitness app. In just 5 minutes, I was out the door on my mid morning run.  Admittedly, I hadn’t yet set the high or low alerts that will come later.

Great news for iPhone App users, Bluetooth connectivity was a breeze

I grabbed my iPhone 4S, opened my favourite fitness app which is ‘Digifit’ (I love this app, it tracks all my exercise such as Spin, outdoor cycling, running and walking), went to Digifit settings – ‘Sensors’  and it picked up the Mio Alpha straight away (obviously I had the Bluetooth turned on first in the phones settings), I then tried it on my iPhone 5 – no issues there either. Thats great news for iOS users that sync to tracking apps via Smart Bluetooth 4.0

Not to leave those using Android mobile apps out of my testing I borrowed a HTC One X mobile from my colleague, he uses the Endomondo fitness App.  Sadly we didn’t have success. The Endomondo app found the Alpha but it just wouldn’t pair. (disappointing for those Android users out there).  Importantly, upon further investigation, its not the Mio Alpha that was the problem – it seems to be driver within the phone and /or possibly the app’s API, I am not a computer geek so not sure which. No doubt it will be rectified soon by the phone company or the app developers whatever the issue.

Okay, back to Mio Alpha in Action

YAY! No chest strap and a continuous heart rate – bring it on!!

Not wearing a chest strap was an absolute delight and liberating!  As a women, who has grown use to wearing a chest strap for many years, I had forgotten just how lovely it was to feel ‘free’ – nothing but me and my sports bra. :) I am sure guys will find it just as liberating, in fact most probably more so as men aren’t used to wearing anything around their chest at all!

Accuracy of Heart rate

Can’t fault it’s heart rate accuracy at all during my testing. I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.

A big plus for the Mio Alpa is the large and easy to read LCD display, I had no trouble reading my heart rate in full sunlight. Mind you, there is no backlight for those dark morning or evening runs, so you will struggle to see the digits then!

I did have a small glitch that was my fault… I didn’t notice a drop in my heart rate reading whilst on my run but, when I got back and examined the heart rate data through my app it did drop off a couple of times. Let me explain,  say my heart rate was around 135 BPM it suddenly dropped to 87 BPM then back up again. This is generally caused when the HRM loses connection briefly. Upon further examination I found out why. I had the Mio Alpha watch positioned slightly over my wrist bone, MIO clearly states that the watch shouldn’t be positioned here (Oops! that’s what happens when you don’t read the instructions first).

Mio Alpha scores top marks for look and feel.

Very funky looking – sporty but trendy. I have a small wrist and it looks fine. Full credit to the MIO team they have done an exceptional job of the design, it doesn’t look masculine and it doesn’t look feminine – it is definitely unisex. I would quite happily wear mine all day at work or at home.

As for being comfy – truthfully I was worried about this because Mio did mention that it needs to be worn slightly tighter than most watches to get an accurate HR – I generally wear my watches quite loosely. As it turns out, It’s incredibly comfortable during exercise and wearing it all day.

Feature ‘rich’ or ‘featureless’?

There’s been a number of reviews on the Alpha that I feel have misunderstood the product by calling the Alpha ‘featureless’. This might be because they’re professional gadget / tech reviewers who don’t use this type of product on a daily basis or feel that sports watches, heart rate monitors, wrist activity monitors all fit into one category!

Let me briefly explain…

A majority of athletes and fitness enthusiast like myself use fitness tracking apps as the norm (especially since the introduction of Ant and Bluetooth), gone are the days when I would manually compare lap times, calories burned etc by pressing buttons on my watch. Today I wirelessly upload this data to my favourite smartphone fitness/weight loss app while I’m running. With a swipe of my finger I instantly have detailed analysis of my workout.

The Mio team understand this trend towards fitness tracking apps. All the data that you find typically in a heart rate watch are still available it’s just fed and handled better by a tracking app on your smart phone. Leaving the Mio Alpha to do what is really important – providing a highly accurate heart rate reading during your workout.

In order not to make this article any longer then it already is, stay tuned for my in depth look at the Mio Alpha’s ground breaking technology and the run down of its features and capabilities …

Cash for comment? Nope!

Some skeptics out there might say – ‘you’re singing it’s praises because you are selling the Mio Alpha’ - fair comment, but wrong call!

I too research and read reviews before personally making purchasing decisions, I’m sure you’re no different. Reviews are important, that’s why I /my team test all our products in the ‘real world’ – not from behind a desk. You can be assured we’ll give credit where credit is a due, highlight drawbacks in design or functionality.  “A warts and all’ approach ensures our product reviews offer you a first hand account of the Mio Alpha.

Our Pedometers Australia team is not only passionate about health & fitness products but also our main focus is ensuring you buy the right product for your fitness and weight loss goals.  We don’t just ‘sell’ the products we use them too.

If you have questions, need some advice, want to have ‘your say’ on the Mio Alpha, please leave a comment below, give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll be happy to chat to you about the Mio Alpha strapless continuous heart rate monitor.

Gymboss Interval Timer Review

GymBoss Interval Timer Review

Concentrate on your workout rather than the clock!

The Gym Boss Interval Timer has been a consistent top seller on our Pedometers Australia.com shop for personal fitness trainers, Boot Camp instructors and people like myself, who exercise at home or with friends in the great outdoors.

With the recent release of the new Pink Gym Boss Timer, I thought it was high time I write a review on this versatile training buddy. After all, I’ve been using the Gym Boss to help with my interval walking programs and home workouts for the past year.

GymBoss = hassle free solution to timing intervals

As an avid fitness walker, interval training is an essential training method and one that burns more calories and keeps my walking workout fresh and challenging. Before the days of the Gym Boss Timer, I’d use my sports watch when walking and find myself constantly looking at the digital display to know when to speed up or slow down – it was really frustrating! But with the Gym Boss clipped to my pocket, I can preset my intervals before leaving home and focus on my walking intensity rather than the clock.

There’s a lot to like about the GymBoss Timer.

In fact, GymBoss is one of those products that you might hear yourself saying… “Why didn’t I buy this sooner?”

Its size and shape looks pretty similar to a pager, but the Gym Boss has a large easy-to-read LCD display. A spring lever clip allows for the timer to securely connect to your workout clothing or gym bag and allows for quick release.

You can set one or two intervals of between 2 seconds and 99 minutes for as many as 99 sets. Plus, the Gymboss can be used as a stop watch and countdown timer – that’s amazing versatility for such a compact unit.

Setting intervals on the Gymboss timer is pretty easy, it’s just a matter of clicking the numbers up and down. If you go past the function you want to change, there’s the handy option to scroll back through the options. Here’s a great video to show just how easy the Gym Boss Timer is to set up.

I though I might enlist the help of a few Pedometers Australia staff members to be part of my review and created a mini fit break ‘Boot Camp Walking Workout’ to hear their thoughts on the interval timer. Jackie and Amy are my ‘test dummies’ today.

My mini Boot Camp walking workout:
3 minutes brisk walking pace
30 second lunges or squats
Repeat 3 times.

As the ‘trainer’ I attached the GymBoss Timer to my pants and, giving Jackie and Amy quick run down of our mini-walking workout, we set off out the door for a quick warmup before activating the GymBoss Timer.

Here’s what Jackie had to say about the GymBoss Timer…

“I walk a little slower than Kate and Amy so during the brisk walking interval I was a few metres behind them. I could easily hear the beep sound of the Gym Boss Timer without having to keep my eyes on Kate. That made me worry less about not hearing the beep and instead I focused on my walking posture and intensity.”

Amy had this to say…

“ I agree with Jackie, the beeping of the GymBoss Timer was easy to hear and I liked having Kate’s full attention, she wasn’t having to keep looking at her watch during the walking session and instead focused more on motivating us. I can see why the GymBoss is so popular with personal trainers.”

The little feature that makes The GymBoss Timer extra special

You can set the interval timer to vibrate instead of beep, or a combination of both. This is ideal if you’re using the GymBoss at your local fitness centre and are among other people. Plus, at the end of your last set, the final beep lasts for ten seconds so you know it’s time to stop. That’s the time to collapse in a heap!

My final thoughts

The GymBoss Interval Trainer is a perfect training partner. You can use it just as effectively for home use, on your stationary bike, cross trainer or your own mini-circuit workout. It’s great value for money and you don’t need to be a gadget minded to operate it.

At the time of writing this we have in stock the

Hot Pink Gymboss>>

Silver Gymboss>>

Black Gymboss>>

Gymboss Armbands>>

Gymboss Max>> (you can program this one upto 25 different interval and save 15 programs!)

Yamax SW700 Digi-Walker 10000 Steps pedometer

Yamax SW700 pedometer for 10000 steps a day: an Oldie but a Goodie

It’s been years since we reviewed or have even worn a Yamax SW700 10,000 steps pedometer, let alone a pedometer that uses a pendulum to count our all-day steps. Handing over our Omron pocket pedometers and being given a Yamax SW700 pedometer each, was like being given a Sony walkman to test when you’re used to using an ipod – talk about back to the future!

Still, there’s a reason we can’t forget Yamax SW700 & the SW200 pedometer. After all, they set the benchmark ‘ Gold Standard’ for pedometers for much of 1990s to the mid-2000s. So we both channeled our inner Michael J Fox and started our daily 10,000 steps journey for the week using the Yamax SW700 pedometer.

Just holding the Yamax SW700, you instantly feel the quality of manufacturing. It’s simply well made. The quality of the housing is second to none. Opening the clam shell casing to reveal the LCD digital display, the numbers are large and super easy to read. Navigating between steps, distance (KM) and calories is effortless.

What stands the Yamax SW700 10,000 steps pedometer head and shoulders above other pendulum pedometers??Quite simply, it’s the internal mechanism used by Yamax Digi-walker. Rather than a hair spring pendulum arm striking a metal plate, the sw-movement uses a spring coil that ensures a smooth action that lasts many million of steps. The accuracy of the Yamax 10,000 steps pedometer is well founded. It’s reasonable to expect 98% accuracy when walking (as long as it’s in the correct position on your waistband.)

So what’s the Yamax Digiwalker SW700 like to use?

All week we’ve been reminding each other of the pendulum pedometer mantra,“keep the Yamax SW700 pedometer horizontal on your waistband, on your hip in line with your knee at all times”.  After one day, our love affair with the SW700 pedometer came to an end!

One of the deal breakers for me is the limitation of pendulum pedometers. It’s not a fault with the Yamax SW700, it’s just that pendulum-style pedometers require you to check that they sit perfectly horizontal on your waist to count steps accurately. Both of us sit for lengthy periods at desks (and I am quite fidgety) and when we do get up and walk around we found the SW700 pedometers were sitting at a slight angle on our waistbands, therefore if left like that wouldn’t count steps accurately  The constant checking to make sure the Yamax pedometer was sitting in the correct place got a whole lot more annoying by the end of the week!

Out walking with the Yamax SW700 pedometer, you can’t find fault. On our normal 45-minute morning walk we averaged between 5,500 to 6,000 steps depending on our walking pace. The Yamax SW700 performed brilliantly. We both conducted the standard 50-Step Test – walk 50 steps, stop and check the pedometer display, then take another 50 steps. The results were just as we expected. Our Yamax pedometers were pretty near perfect each time. ( +/- 2 step)

What’s a couple of hundred steps between friends?

Now, here’s where the limitations of the pendulum pedometer start impacting upon your 10,000 step goal. Opening and closing the clam shell case will add one to two extra steps to your all-day step count. By the end of my first day I reckon I added an extra 300 steps just by crossing my legs and moving around in my office chair. However, in the grand scheme of things, these extra steps don’t matter that much if you strive to steadily increase your step count each day. As they say “What you gain on the round-about you lose on the swings”. But, I just don’t like that the pendulum arm moves without you actually taking steps.

Would we trade our Accelerometers for a Yamax SW700 pedometer?

As we started this review so we will end it by asking you – would you trade in your Ipod for a Sony Walkman? They both do a similar job but…
Sorry, after a week, we’re both more than ready to hand back the Yamax SW700 10,000 steps pedometer and eagerly await the return of our Omron pocket pedometers. Don’t get me wrong, Yamax Digi-walker make great pedometers, but the pendulum pedometer has had its day.

Don’t be shy! If you are using a Yamax Digi-Walker SW700 10,000 steps pedometer – let us know below by leaving a comment. Our readers would love to you hear your pedometer review too!

Omron Walking Style HJ203 Pocket Pedometer Review

Omron HJ203 Pocket Pedometer is a hit with Pedometers Australia

The Omron HJ203 Walking Style is the latest 2D (dual axis) accelerometer pedometer from the Omron Healthcare company. The new HJ203 launched across Australia in August 2011 replacing the popular Omron HJ113 pocket pedometer. While it’s sad to see a firm favourite with the team at Pedometers Australia be discontinued, its replacement HJ203 comes with a number of new features that ensures it will quickly fill the void.

After spending a week with the new Omron HJ203 pocket pedometer and putting it through its paces in the ‘real world’, here’s what we have to report.

First impressions of the Omron HJ203, does size really matter?

This is one of the few times I’ll say “the smaller the better” :) The Omron HJ203 lives up to its name as a pocket pedometer weighing in at a super light weight of 19grm. That’s around the same weight as a mini fun-size chocolate bar. I found the pedometer fitted comfortably in a pants pocket. It’s barely noticeable and significantly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Omron HJ113 pedometer.

While its size is great, the Omron Walking Style HJ203 can be worn around the neck from a lanyard without compromising accuracy. Its versatility is one of many reasons Omron accelerometers continue to reign supreme as the best choice for serious 10,000 steppers.

However, we know there are still a few people out there who prefer wearing a pedometer on the waist. Unfortunately, there’s no pedometer cradle available for the Omron HJ203. So, if you’ve got your heart set on a waistband pedometer, take a look at the Omron HJ304 Walking Style X (pocket pedometer with detachable cradle) or the GSensor 2026 (waistband only pedometer).

Hit to Action button

A great addition to the Omron Walking Style HJ203 pedometer without a doubt is the introduction of the Action button. This gives walkers the ability to create a walking event. For example, if you take a 45-minute dedicated walk every morning, you would press the Action button to start recording those steps on your walk and upon returning home, press the Action key again to end the event.
These steps are added to your all-day step count and displayed as your Activity Steps for that given day separately.

This is particular important if you’re striving to improve fitness or walking for weight loss with the help of a pedometer.  We both liked being able to track how many steps we took during a dedicated walking session.You can quickly start and stop and store one walking event per day.

How a 2-millimeter man inspired Jackie to take 10,000 steps a day.

Jackie’s been using a pedometer to help reach her 10,000 steps a day goal for the last 3 years and sometimes falls a little short of that magical 10,000 steps. During Jackie’s quick read of the Omron HJ203 instructions manual, she came across a little feature that sprang her into action.
When you’ve taken 10,000 steps in a single day, a little icon of a man waves his arms up and down next to your daily step count, congratulating you on your 10,000 steps achievement!
Hey, this might sound a little silly, but Jackie raced around all day to get this guy to jump up and down. It might be only a small fun feature but it’s a little virtual pat on the back and she loved it!

While they giveth, they taketh away…

The good old Omron HJ113 pocket pedometer had a dual display screen showing your daily steps and current time. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with the new Omron HJ203. It’s not a big issue, as all you have to do is press the mode button and the time will display. It’s more a personal preference. As a 10,000 steps walker who doesn’t wear a watch during the day, I prefer a dual display.

The Omron pocket pedometer is still number one for accuracy.

If you’re new to pedometers that use accelerometer or piezoelectric technology, then I can assure you once you’ve experience the accuracy this internal mechanism provides, you’ll never go back to wearing a traditional pendulum pedometer again. The Omron HJ203 pocket pedometer’s ability to count walking/running steps accurately is without question.

And there’s been no change to the 7-day memory function. The pedometer magically resets itself back to zero at midnight, so when you pop the pedometer into you pocket next morning, you’re ready for the new day without having to remember to reset the pedometer manually. In addition, the mode function allows you to quickly display calorie, distance (km) and step totals for the past 7 days making comparing and recording your daily steps on a tracking site or 10,000 steps log book hassle-free.

Our final thoughts

There’s no question the dual-axis accelerometers outperform any pendulum pedometer available in the marketplace today. When it comes to accuracy, quality manufacturing and overall design, you can’t go past the Omron Walking Style HJ203 pocket pedometer.
Its size, flexibility of positioning in the pocket or around the neck combined with 7-day memory makes the Omron HJ203 a big winner for all those walking towards the 10,000 step goal.

Oh, one last tip: make sure you connect the pedometer safety strap. Jackie’s Omron HJ203 almost ended up in the washing machine. If it wasn’t for the safety lanyard catching her eye at the last minute it would have ended up in a spin cycle!

Are you using an Omron Walking Style HJ203 pedometer? Write your own pedometer review on this pocket pedometer below. Our readers would love to hear your thoughts!