I have written in the past about looking to improve my fitness. With two young children finding time to exercise at a time when I have the energy for it isn’t always easy! By the time the children are settled in bed, the dinner plates are washed and the toys and books are packed away it is almost 8pm. This means that the thought of hitting the gym just isn’t there.
I was recently offered the chance to review an ozeri 4x3sport digital pedometer digital pocket pedometer from Ozeri. I haven’t really used a pedometer before so thought it might be interesting to see how they worked and if keeping a track of my steps made any difference and if it would make me aware of the exercise I was doing.
The pedometer itself is a nice sleek design. It is light but feels sturdy and easily fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt etc without bothering. It comes with a lanyard too, although I didn’t use this as toddler hands would have soon removed it!
When it arrived I had a quick look at the instructions for how to set it up. It is really easy to set up and only took a few minutes. It is important to measure out your average stride as this is included as part of the set up.
I’ve used the pedometer now for a couple of weeks and I am really impressed. It is really easy to use and has quickly become part of my daily habit. I pop it into my pocket each day and check it throughout the day, to see if I am on target to reach the number of steps I have set. I have found it really interesting to see the days when I walk more – interestingly Wednesday seems to be my ‘busiest’. Which coincides with a playgroup in a large hall.
I have never been convinced with how accurate pedometers are. I have walked with the pedometer and watched as it recorded each step and I was really impressed. It rarely over or under records. I was also interested with how it would work going up and down stairs. The instructions state that it may not work correctly in this instance but I have found it to be pretty accurate, only dropping one or two steps every now and then.
I don’t really understand the technology that Ozeri have included in their pedometer but they claim that the 4x3sport Digital Pedometer uses Tri-Axis technology which allows it to operate more accurately when placed in pockets, or in fact when at any position, whether up, down, flat, on its side, or at any angle. It also tells you the total distance travelled, minutes spent walking and calories burnt. I have no idea how accurate these are, but it’s a neat feature to have.
The Ozeri 4×3 Sport Pedometer is priced at £39.99 but is currently available for £19.99 which I think is a very fair price. I have been surprised at how quickly carrying the pedometer has become part of my daily routine, and how, in such a short space of time I have increased the daily steps I take which can only be a good thing!
Whilst I am not going to make any great claims about the pedometer leading to weight loss or increased fitness what it has done and will continue to do is to make me think about just how active, or inactive, I am and make me think more about moving, which can only be a positive thing when thinking about taking the children out etc.
All in all I really rate this little pedometer and am surprised with how quickly its use has become part of my everyday routine.
*I was sent this pedometer free of charge in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words and opinions are my own*