The latest generation of pedometers uses a silent tri-axis mechanism that tolerates being tilted. No clicking or rattling. You can wear it in the traditional spot -- clipped to your waistband -- or carry it in a pocket, on a lanyard, or however else suits your lifestyle. The Omron HJ-321 counts steps, calculates distance and calories burned. It also tracks aerobic steps separately when walking or jogging more than 60 steps per minute or more than 10 minutes continuously. It resets itself automatically each day, with a 7-day memory to review past days. It comes with a security leash to ensure you don't lose it. This model doesn't upload to a computer or app, but it's big brother the Omron Hj-323U does upload via a built-in USB stick to the OmronFitness.com personal dashboard. You can use manually enter your data there if you prefer the less-expensive HJ-321.
The CW-701 is the update to the highly-accurate SW-701. Beyond step counting, it displays distance, calories burned, clock and activity time. Yamax beefed up the mechanism with a long-lasting spring coil and heavy coated pendulum, which they claim improves accuracy 2.5% over the SW models. The belt clip is now made of sturdy metal. But the biggest change is in the display, with two lines to show multiple data. It now has a 7-day daily memory for steps, distance, calories, and activity time. It keeps a 2-week total for each as well.
It only counts steps, but is considered the gold standard by pedometer researchers who use it as their most accurate reference. You can't go wrong - there is only a reset button. You can reset your step total to zero whenever you want.
The Omron HJ-720ITC Pedometer Pedometer is a full-featured pedometer (steps, distance, calories) that also allows you to upload it all to enjoy graphs and charts of steps, aerobic steps, distance, calories and fat burned. The pedometer is of an advanced design that tolerates more tilt than many. It is also absolutely silent and very accurate. For the same price as other advanced pedometers, you also upload the data to your own computer to set your goals and see your progress. You keep the data on your own computer, rather than uploading it to a web site as with some other pedometers.
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The NL-2000i is great pedometer for setting goals for steps, moderate-intensity physical activity, and calories burned. You can see your hourly progress and achievements, which can also be helpful for those of us who want to decrease our time spent sitting. The automatic seven day and 14-day memory helps you track your walking. It is a pocket pedometer that doesn't have a belt clip, although it comes with a pedometer safety leash.