Omron HJ-105 Pedometer with Calorie Counter

Omron HJ-105 Pedometer
Omron

The Omron HJ-105 Pedometer is relatively easy-to-use and is appropriate for the first time pedometer user. The instructions are easy to understand, even for beginners. It is perfect (and very accurate) for measuring walking workouts, but may cause some concern when tracking daily activity steps.

Omron HJ-105 Pedometer Pros and Cons

The Omron HJ-105 Pedometer with Calorie Counter helps you track and meet goals for increased movement and better health.

The small gadget clips to your clothing and displays the time of day, steps taken, distance in miles. It also calculates the total number of calories burned.

As I used the device, I found that there were several pros and cons.

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Instructions are easy to understand.
  • Programmable.
  • Easy-to-read display.
  • Tracks multiple criteria.

Cons

  • May record movements other than steps.

Detailed Review: Omron HJ-105 Pedometer with Calorie Counter

I used to the Omron Pedometer to see how easy it was to set up and use. I started by entering my weight. Then I had to measure my stride length.

My only concern about setting up the device is that you have to measure your stride using an extra long measuring tape.  This was not something that everyone has on hand. But the fact that this makes your pedometer even more accurate makes it worth the trouble. 

After programming, you will need to do a 100-step test to make sure that the Omron pedometer is measuring your steps correctly.

I found it to be just as accurate as the more expensive models that I have tried when I used it for counting steps during my walking workout.

If you want to count your total steps taken daily, you may find a slight issue. There is a button where you can adjust the sensitivity, but this can be a little tricky.

I found that movements other than steps were counted when I wore it for everyday activity. 

If you truly want to know how many steps you take in a day, you certainly don't want turning around in your office chair to be counted as a step! Of course, this kind of error can vary from person to person. You may "bounce" less than I do when making movements besides taking a step and vice versa.

This pedometer is a compact size that makes it less noticeable if you're wearing it at work. The larger models can be uncomfortable if you wear them while seated. The Omron HJ-105 Pedometer features a cover - something that is always handy to keep from accidentally resetting it. The belt clip is sturdy and grips on tight to your waistband.

Update: The Omron HJ-105 Pedometer with Calorie Counter is no longer available through the company but is available in limited supply online. Omron makes newer pedometer models and fitness trackers that can be used to measure activity and improve your health.

Edited by Malia Frey, About.com Weight Loss Expert

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