Whether you’re just getting yourself up from the sofa, training to run a basic 5K, or just trying to get more out of your daily walk with the dog, a pedometer can go a long way to help you keep track of your performance. From the Fitbit Zip to the Withings Pulse, these top pedometers will collect all the basic data you need to keep track of your progress and in a way you understand. Everything from the number of steps you’ve taken, your average pace, and sometimes even the number of calories you’ve burnt.
So want to give your outdoor activities a little bit of an extra boost, you’ve come to the right place. The devices come as low as £16 for the cheaper pedometers, or as high as £155 for the more expensive ones.
This is Fitbit’s smallest fitness tracker, and just clips somewhere on your person to track how many steps you take, how far you’ve walked, and how many calories you burned off in the process. All that data syncs with your phone or computer, and Fitbit’s online services will break it down and present it in a way you can understand. Fitbit also lets you set your own daily goals to get you moving more.
Yamax Power Walker
If being extra accurate if the most important thing you look for in a pedometer, then the Yamax Power Walker is one to look into. It promises an 11-filter system that avoids counting extra steps while you’re walking, and utilises your height and weight to calculate it correctly. Sadly it doesn’t connect to your phone or computer, but it does store 30 days of data so you can keep track of things.
This one is more expensive than most, but it’s a pedometer that aims to make your walking activity more fun. The whole point is that the Striiv Play is not about numbers and charts, it’s about getting you motivated and active. It links to your phone to monitor steps (with great accuracy), stairs, and calories burned, while at the same time working towards your own personal goals or playing walking-based games.
A nice minimalist pedometer, the Misfit Shine does everything without letting pesky things like buttons and displays get in the way. What it does is all fairly basic –tracking steps, calories, and distance before syncing with your phone– but it does offer all that in a fairly clever way. While wearing it on your wrist has its advantages, like being able to use it as a watch, the Shine will do its job anywhere on your person It’s also fairly durable since it’s made of metal and is waterproof up to 50 metres. It also has a stellar four-month battery life.
Another wristable, but this one is designed to stay on your wrist to get the job done. This one is designed to be more of an all-round health and fitness tracker rather than just a pure pedometer. It’s a multi-use activity, and sleep monitor that’s designed to be worn, with a mobile app that keeps track of your food intake. It’s mainly designed to be worn all the time, and uses the data it collects to offers personalised insights to help you achieve your own fitness goals. The battery only last nine days, but all the data is saved for a whopping nine months, and since it’s small and unintrusive you shouldn’t really notice that it’s even there.
Another one that’s intended for constant use, the Polar Loop is fairly standard for fitness trackers, coming bundled sensors that detect how many steps you’ve taken, how far you’ve travelled, how many calories you burned off, and how well you slept. There’s not much to distinguish it on its own, aside from the look of the thing, but it does pair up with Polar’s other accessories to monitor things like heart-rate. So an ideal purchase if you want to track your steps, but also want the option of expanding in the future.
The Vivofit is designed to be the best of everything, it’s wrist mounted activity tracker that’s lightweight, stylish, and has a killer year-long battery life. It has all the usual tracking of steps, distance, and calories, which are displayed on the screen along with countdown to your current goal and the time. Those goals are personalised to you, and all that data gets synced back to your smartphone so you can understand it in detail.
This is a tracker for the more active amongst you, who want to track your activity in more than just steps and distance travelled. While it does track the usual things, it also converts your activity into Nike Fuel which acts as a universal indicator of how hard you’ve worked. That means you can still track yourself if you’ve been cycling or swimming. On top of that ti also has daily goals and challenges for you to complete. displays your progress in real time, and still manages to tell the time.
Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer
This is a nice cheap option for those of you who don’t have need for a bunch of fancy features, and just want to focus on many steps you’re taking throughout the day. It’s got three modes: today, split, and total, which should be perfect for whatever you need to measure, and it stores data for seven days. ON top of that it’s nice and light, can be placed anywhere on your person, and has sensors built in that ensure accuracy by discounting vibrations as steps.
This is one for people who only want to keep a pedometer on their hip, and have little need for fancy gizmos that do all sorts of things. It sticks to the basics, steps, distance, and calories. It also has a cool feature that separates your regular steps from your aerobic steps, meaning if you go for a job it will realise and keep a separate tally. That means you don’t have to worry about remembering figures to work it out yourself