You may have noticed that last Sunday, I didn't do a weekly weigh-in post. After having a chat with @10milewalk on twitter, we both decided to stop weighing in until after Christmas and start focusing on other things instead. One of those things is getting in more exercise, which is always a good thing, whatever the scales say, and something that you can control more than weight, which often fluctuates with no sense of logic whatsoever.
If you're like me, when you hear the word "exercise", you think gym memberships, aerobics classes or marathon running. Well, I tend to go for a different route : playing tag at the park with the kids, having races across the car park and jumping in leaf piles. That's definitely much more fun !
I also have a new piece of kit to help keep me on track and motivated - this very snazzy pedometer from Ozeri. The full name is a bit of a mouthful - it's the "Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology". It records steps, distance, speed, calories and time, making it really versatile and useful whether you're a serious runner or just out for a walk with the kids. It can count up to a million steps and has a 7-Day Memory, so it's great for watching your progress. It also has a built-in Clock, a Calendar and a Sports Timer. It's very user-friendly with automatic sleep-mode and a blue backlight which is very handy if you're out in the dark or twilight and want to see how you're doing.
When I first looked at it, I thought it looked really complicated to set up but it's actually really simple. If you want to switch over to metric (kg) from imperial (lb), you hold down the mode button for a few seconds. Then you programme in your weight, stride (you need to walk a few steps and measure it to get your average stride length, so that it can detect how far you've walked), year, month, date and time. It only takes a few seconds then you're ready to go.
The pedometer looks just like an mp3 player so you can wear it on a lanyard around your neck day to day without looking silly, but it also detects movement if you leave it in your bag or pocket. It's small and very light and you don't have to worry about it being in a set position for it to work. It's a great little reminder to walk a bit further on a day-to-day basis or encourage you to get a bit more active by seeing how many calories you're burning. Even better news - it has a RRP of £39.95 but is currently only £15.95 on amazon. Sounds like a great Christmas present to me !
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £39.95 (but only £15.95 at the moment on amazon)
Disclosure : I received the product on order to write an honest review.
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