We get it. Sometimes you just what to keep that fitness tracking simple. You don’t want to know about heart rate, or need the ability to track a run or ride. You just want to count your steps, and maybe see how much distance you’ve covered and the calories you’ve burned while getting your step on.
Before the days of feature-packed Fitbits and Garmins there was the trusty pedometer and it did a pretty good job of delivering those tracking basics. The good news, is that there’s still some decent options if you’re all about that pedometer life.
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To help you spend less time choosing and more time step-counting, we’ve picked out the pedometers we think will be a good fit for your tracking.
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Yamax Power Walker EX510
The Yamax EX-510 Power Walker claims to be 98-99% reliable when counting your steps. Now, a lot of that is down to you inputting your own stride, like many of these other pedometers, but it’s also down to Yamax’s 11-step filter. So if you walk less than 11 steps and take a five second break with no motion, those 11 steps don’t count. Basically, this allows the Power Walker to get rid of the potential mistakes and focus on your actual walking.
$29.95, yamax.co.uk | Amazon
Omron Walking Style IV
From Japanese healthcare giant Omron comes the pint-sized pedometer that really keeps things simple. Thanks to its highly accurate 3D sensor, it’s able to detect different walking speeds, from a brisk strut to a lazy amble, and you can use the special Action button to record unusual activity outside your daily routine. The gadget is also capable of showing daily averages, burned calories and distance travelled.
$33.97, omron-healthcare.com |Amazon
Ozeri 4×3 Razor
Ozeri claims that the triple-axis sensors built into its devices make them some of the most accurate pedometers on the market, and this model measures steps, distance, speed, calories and time in one compact unit you can place anywhere on your body. Like a professional athlete you can record your split and lap times, as well as daily totals as you go. The clock, calendar and timer features add some extra functionality to the device, too.
$14.79, ozeri.com | Amazon
Fitbit makes trackers in all shapes and sizes, but the straightforward Zip is perhaps the most appealing for pedometer fans (even if all the company’s products count steps). The simple dongle can be clipped anywhere on your body to monitor steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned.
It syncs data back to your phone and the Web wirelessly and offers personalised advice and tips for upping your fitness levels. You also get to pick from five different colours: charcoal, blue, white, lime and magenta.
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$59.95, fitbit.com | Amazon
The 3DTriSport Pedometer comes across as a good deal whichever way you look at it: not only do you get a device which tracks steps, distance and calories, you also get an 18-month warranty and it can be worn in multiple places if you don’t want to put your tracking on show. It’ll store 30 days of data and give you instant feedback on your daily activity time and helps you keep track of your goals as you progress.
$22.99, realalt.com | Amazon