If you really want to get in shape, lose weight, or train for an upcoming event, add a wrist pedometer to your daily walking routine.
Everyone knows how hard it can be to change habits for the better.
We all get into ruts, where we’re just going through the motions of our normal, everyday workout. Or maybe you have a little more of that good beer or decadent dessert than than probably should.
In that case, a wrist pedometer will give you the kick in the ass you need to really step things up…
You’d be amazed how much weight you can lose and how many goals you can reach when you’re diligently tracking your steps with a wrist pedometer.
Researchers have found that measuring your daily steps with a pedometer is an effective way to increase physical activity. The fact is, they work!
- Pedometers are effective because they’re simple to set up and use. Even the most anti-tech person will be able to set up a FitBit in in 20 minutes or less.
- Even the best pedometers are relatively inexpensive. You don’t have to spend a hundred bucks to own a good fitness gadget, but I wouldn’t recommend the cheap ones.
- Perhaps the biggest reason to use a pedometer is for the immediate, actionable feedback on your activity – or inactivity. It reminds you to sneak physical activity into your day. And if it’s 9:00 at night and you haven’t logged your daily steps, it’ll tell you in no uncertain terms.
- There’s built-in social pressure to achieve your goals. The support and encouragement you get from your FitBit social groups is tremendously beneficial.
Fitbit Wrist Pedometers
The motivational leader of the pack
Fitbit dominates the market for wrist pedometers for one simple reason… they have the best product. Fitbit wins for ease of use, accuracy and style. They’re also great for the mulit-tasker, because when you combine the wearable with the fitbit phone app, you can do a lot more than just count steps.
Couting steps with a wrist pedometer: 10,000 a day is a great goal to set.
So once you buy a pedometer, then what? More and more doctors and fitness experts recommend walking 10,000 steps every day to maintain a healthy weight and heart.
Where did this magic number come from? Japan. The average Japanese lifestyle includes eating lots of fish and farm-fresh veggies. Plus, they do a lot of walking.
As it stands, Americans average about 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day. But 10,000 steps isn’t all that much. You could try to get all your steps in one, long walk — it would be about 5 miles — but chances are, you don’t have that kind of time every day. Better to do a few short walks throughout the day. Turn you “coffee” breaks into walking breaks. Take the stairs. And before you know it, the steps will add up, and the pounds will come off.
Ginsy has many features of more expensive wrist pedometers. Many of the reviews that I’ve seen on various fitness sites say the Ginsy is a great value for the money…
- Multifunction Pedometer… Distance, Calories Burned SMS Reminding, Call Reminder, Incoming Call ID Show, APP Message Reminder (Like Facebook, Twitter, etc), Camera Remote Control, Sedentary Reminder, Find Your Phone, Anti-lost.
- Lightweight. At only 18g, it feels like you’re not wearing anything.
- USB clip compatible for any USB outlets, long lasting battery life of about 7-10 days standby time/4 days operating time.
- Sleep monitoring: Track your sleep quality including deep sleep hours, light sleep hours, history sleep data, etc. You can also set different alarm clocks in the App and it will vibrate to wake you up or remind you to do exercise, take medicine, etc.
- Phone Compatibility: The app supports most smartphones with Bluetooth 4.0 or above. Support system: iOS 7.1 or above like iPhone 7/6/6s/se/5, Android 4.4 or above like Samsung S8/S7 LG HTC. This smart band does not work with WINDOWS PHONES.
Waterproof Activity Wireless Smart Bracelet
This gadget gets consistently good reviews on a variety of fitness sites and seems to be designed for workouts that are more intense than your average daily walk. The Dawo wrist pedometer is sweat, rain, splash and water resistant and also ventilated for when you’re really sweating. This fitness bracelet knows if you’re not up and moving, and will remind you to walk, and then track your heart rate, steps and all the other important data point.
Research shows prolonged periods of inactivity such as sitting at a desk decreases your body’s production of fat-burning enzymes. You can reverse that effect by taking frequent, short walk breaks throughout your day. And while you might lose track of time and forget to move, vívofit knows.
- Learns your activity level and assigns a personalized daily goal
- Displays steps, calories, distance; monitors sleep
- Pairs with heart rate monitor¹ for fitness activities
- 1+ year battery life; water-resistant (50 meters)
- Save, plan and share progress at Garmin Connect™
All of the higher-end activity tracking wrist pedometers have basically the same set of features. What sets the Garmin apart is the company’s long-standing technical expertise when it comes to precise GPS location. This is a company with a long history in aviation, marine and automotive mapping. They know how to track things!
The Garmin Vivofit, like other fitness wearables, connects and communicates with your phone over Bluetooth. You tap and hold the device’s singular button for about two seconds to sync with the accompanying Garmin Connect app, but it can conveniently store up to three weeks of data onboard.