Once users have nailed down pedometer accuracy, buying options are best defined by the user’s activity lifestyle. Some people love exertion, but they get banged up in the process. Others are very fluid and wear activity with grace. Some days, it’s both. The best pedometer purchase realistically matches the user’s expectations for walking activity with the pedometer’s features.
Features = Complexity
Pedometers range in capabilities, but some features may not match their users. Some brands contain software which creates graphs and charts to help motivate users with information. Naturally, many modern pedometers can be connected to computers. Some brands even provide upload capacity to the company’s web site for translation. Pedometer watches used by tri-athletes, for example, are water resistant to certain depths, and they come in tough casings. Wow. What if you just want to know how many steps you’ve taken today? What if you are computer friendly, but you don’t need a web site to create fancy graphs? Lifestyle: the application of technological capacity.
Match Lifestyle Needs with Product Features
If accuracy and longevity are attractive features, pedometers with durable accelerometer technology will work. Here are some other features which users should consider when researching pedometers.
- mechanism: accelerometer or spring-loaded.
- storage: does the pedometer allow you to record a week at a time?
- tracking: does the pedometer differentiate between “track” steps and “aerobic” steps? Does it track time, distance, calories and fat grams burned?
- size: where can you easily put it – not only when walking but afterwards?
- positioning: does the pedometer work in vertical position only, or horizontal too?
Notice that the above points can figure into the purchase of many products in which lifestyle is a factor. Walking for health and fitness is a lifestyle decision, and so is the pedometer you choose for it.