Omron Pedometer 30 Day Challenge + Review

Disclosure: Melanie was compensated for this post about the Omron TriAxis Pedometer through the Bookieboo Influencer Network and Mamavation, a disease prevention campaign for moms.

10,000 steps a day for 30 days.  Did I really know what I was signing myself up for?

I received a Tri Axis Pedometer and access to OmronFitness.com as part of a month-long challenge as an online tester.  15 bloggers, including myself, would walk and report their steps using social media.  I’m sure our goals all varied, from getting healthy to losing weight.  My goal was simply to stay active since I’m walking for two.

Baby Bump_Pedometer

Fortunately, I have a job that keeps me on the go during the day.  Most days, I’d end up with around 7,500 steps by the time I got home in the evening.  But those last 2,500 steps were up to me.  I had to earn those.  When I just wanted to fall into the comforts of my couch, I had to get out there and walk.  It wasn’t the steps that were hard (walking around my block equals about 1,000), it was finding the motivation to get up and do it. That’s why having the challenge was really good for me.  I felt accountable.  Hitting 10,000 wasn’t optional; the self-guilt of not getting to 10,000 was insane!

omron tri axis pedometerIn addition to monitoring my activity, I’ve gotten to know the Omron Tri Axis Pedometer pretty well.  Overall, it is a simple to use pedometer that I found to be pretty accurate.  The online components are an added bonus.  My only hang-up was the slightly larger size.

omron tri axis pedometer

Set-up & Ease of Use

The initial set up of the pedometer was simple.  Using the three buttons, you set your height, weight, and stride (super important for accurate step counts).  I didn’t initially realize the clock used military time, so I did have to go back and edit it which was a snap also.  With the belt clip, you can wear it almost anywhere.  The pedometer was a little larger than other pedometers I’ve used which made it more conspicuous.

In addition to steps, the Tri Axis Pedometer monitors:

  • miles walked
  • calories burned
  • aerobic (fast) steps
  • steps per minute.

I noticed during the month that I rarely acquired a notable amount of aerobic steps.  You’ve really got to run to make these add up.

pedometer tools

There are some activities the pedometer couldn’t track.  The Omron Pedometer most accurately tracked walking/running.  I tried walking in place while watching TV and found that the steps just weren’t adding up (jogging worked better).  Since pacing got really boring, I was more motivated to get out of my house and get my steps on longer walks.

The pedometer was designed to decrease extraneous steps, and delays counting for 4 seconds when you begin moving.  This may cut into your count if you’re depending on all of your steps to come from short treks around the house.  However, when I’d go on longer walks losing those 4 seconds didn’t really bother me.

Connecting & Tracking Progress with the Omron Dashboard

Omron Fitness Dashboard

There’s some initial set-up required by downloading the application.  On a Mac, I had to drag the icon to my application folder.  It really was that easy.  The pedometer plugs into your computer using a USB port, and automatically brings up the OmronFitness.com website which allows you to track your progress on their dashboard.

On the dashboard, you can set goals for yourself, earn badges to share on your social media networks, and compete with friends.  The social element of the dashboard will replace the daily tweets I’ll be longing for once the 30-day challenge ends.  It’s actually really helpful feeling accountable to other people and having them support you.

As the challenge ends, I’m not ready to say goodbye to my pedometer.  Even though I know I need to get enough rest and take it a little easier on myself with baby #3 on the way, reaching 10,000 steps a day is a habit I hope to maintain past this pregnancy.  I plan on continuing working towards my goal of staying active to maintain my health and looking at a strapless heart rate monitor to make sure I’m not overdoing it.

I encourage you to set a goal for your health and share it with others.  I know the sting of not reaching a goal hurts a little more when it’s public, but there’s nothing that can replace the support you’ll receive.  Start by sharing here!  What’s your health goal?


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My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.

Comments

  1. 1

    I like that. I have a great pedometer that I like but I am looking for one with a few more features.

    • 2

      It has more than enough info for all of my needs. I felt the most useful were the steps & aerobic steps. The rest was icing on the cake. :)

  2. 3

    I should have done this with my last pregnancy, I need one now, I think I would be surprised at the results!

  3. 5

    This looks like a fantastic pedometer! I need to check it out!

  4. 7

    That is awesome! I’ve been wanting to try 10,000 steps a day. I think that this could work for me.

    • 8

      It’s totally do-able! If you have a job that requires you to work at a desk, a long walk can help you to get to 10,000 pretty quickly.

  5. 9

    I really need something like this to make me a little more accountable.

    • 10

      Using the online dashboard was a great tool for tracking my steps. It definitely helps track accountability, plus you can see the insane number of steps you can accrue.

  6. 11

    I have a very basic Omron pedometer and love it. I think everyone needs to get at least their 10K in steps in daily!

    • 12

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it. One of the other bloggers tweeted that the average American only gets 5k. That’s just not enough to keep us healthy.

  7. 13

    I’m going to have to check that pedometer out.

  8. 14

    Wow you are doing an amazing job at hitting your daily goal. I really like that it differentiates between the type of steps you’re taking.

  9. 15

    I would love to see how many steps I actually take during the day.

  10. 16

    Sounds like a great device! I have something similar, but this one seems more advanced. :)

  11. 18

    I’ve been baselining my steps the past two days I’m at about 75% of the steps I should be doing, so time to step it up a bit :)

  12. 20

    Congrats on the baby! It’s always great to stay fit when you’re pregnant.

    • 21

      Thanks Vanessa! We are all very excited. I’m doing my best to stay active. Got to do something to work off the occasional Pop Tart I’m blaming on the baby (but we all know it’s totally just me).

  13. 22

    Good Luck, I never could make that many steps since I sit at my job most of the day.

    • 23

      You could though! Little things add up! Parking at the back of the lot, taking the stairs, going on an after dinner walk-they all could get your number up.

  14. 24

    I tried to stay active while preggers too – I really like the idea of keeping track. I always wonder how “Active” I am.

    • 25

      I was pretty surprised at the number of steps I got during the day. However, I know the next step for me in my fitness goals should be to increase the aerobic steps. If you want a way to track your activity, I’d recommend this pedometer for sure.

  15. 26

    WOW that’s really great Hubbys been wanting something just like that and his birthdys comiing

  16. 28
    Debbie davis says:

    Good job. I wish I cld get motivated. I just can’t. Pre diabetes & all. I need a good kick in the rump.

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