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Tips For Choosing a Pedometer Watch

Updated on September 27, 2011

Getting and Staying Fit With a Pedometer Watch

A pedometer watch can be a great fitness tool. They range from the simple to the complex; with functions ranging from the basic step counter on a watch, to those that act as a fitness buff's best coach, monitoring exertion level and tracking performance over time.

These devices are unobtrusive and handy, doing the job of a regular watch and much more. On this page, you can learn all about the wide variety of features and functions available and get some tips for choosing the pedometer watch that's right for you.

Buying Tips

Pedometer watches come in a variety of styles, have a range of features, and have prices that are equally varied. To choose the one that's right for you, you might want to consider the following:

  • Design
    Obviously like any watch, there are both men's and women's pedometer watches available. You'll want to choose one that is the color, size, and shape that suits you.
  • Technology
    The least expensive pedometer uses a mechanical means to keep track of steps. However, these devices often require that they be held level in a horizontal plane. Some devices use GPS technology. The primary downside to this is simply that the device is much more expensive and can be less accurate or dependable in situations where the satellite signals might be blocked; for instance indoors.

    A third option is the one that many of the more affordable pedometer watches use: an accelerometer sensor. They are less expensive than GPS, work well both indoors and outdoors, and can be more accurate than devices that use a mechanical means for measuring your steps.
  • Functions
    If you want a pedometer, you obviously have some tasks or activities that you want to measure or track. If you compare that task or activitiy to the functions of the watch, you should make a good choice. If your only goal is to count your daily steps to assure you are getting in 10,000 steps a day, then you won't need to pay for a dozen other features you won't need. On the other hand, if you are a backpacker you may want additional features like a barometer, thermometer, altimeter, or digital compass. Runners might also want a stop watch, distance and speed measurements, or perhaps a heart monitor and a look at their exertion level.

    If you're on a fitness or weight loss routine, you may also be interested in your caloric expenditure and want to be able to store your performance information over time to chart your progress and stay motivated. Many pedometer watches can even be set to start counting your steps at a specific time so that the device starts working, even if you forget. Aside from acting as a clock and calendar, these devices may also offer a timer, stopwatch, and alarm. Many of them can be used for both running and walking as they can be programmed to adjust for your stride, pace, and even things like the terrain, and any weight you're carrying.
  • Environment of Use
    If you'll be using your watch outdoors then a water resistant model may be attractive.

    You may also want to assure that the display has a backlight to allow you to read it even in low light situations.


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      reddiesel 5 years ago

      is there some gadget that just keeps track of calories so you don't forget them before you log them on your calorie site...please don't say pen and

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      This is a neat device, I like walking so this will be a cool gift to myself. Thanks

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      Alberto 6 years ago

      Pedometers and pedometer watches have come a long way. The GPS watches ( not really pedometer watches ) are incredible. Not only speed and distance, but also altitude, temperature, heart monitor everything. Great post by the way.

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      Janice S 7 years ago

      Great idea...I have a clip-on pedometer with a Polar Heart rate watch at the moment, but an all-in-one sports watch would be perfect.

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      Seba742 7 years ago

      Count me in too! I'm addicted to pedometer watches. The Tech 4 is great, I also really like the Garmins, especially the 305

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      KEN 7 years ago

      i LOVE THE CASIO one

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      Garrett McLee 7 years ago from Florida

      Those persons legs are way too skinny.

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Now someone was thinking when they came up with this idea.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      I have just a pedometer and love it, but wouldn't mind a watch with all the bells and whistles.