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.
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!
In 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.
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.
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
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?