The Best Pedometers for Running

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The Best Pedometers for Running
Pedometers can be useful tools for tracking your running. (running image by Byron Moore from

Pedometers were originally used to determine the number of steps taken; however, pedometers have become increasingly more sophisticated. Modern pedometers offer features like total calories burned and pace. A pedometer that includes the use of an accelerometer can take in to consideration your stride length and measures changes in your speed, which means a more accurate distance reading. Reading user reviews and consumer reports on product models is the easiest way to figure out which device is right for you.

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Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112

The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 was recommended by "Consumer Search" in 2010. The multi-feature pedometer tracks intensity, distance and calories with a great deal of accuracy. It has dual sensor technology allowing it to be worn around the waist, placed in a purse or in your pocket. The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer comes with an LCD screen that is easily readable and a battery life that lasts about six months. The price also makes it one of the more affordable pedometers on the market.

Polar AW200 Activity Technology Watch

This watch's technology combines the features of a heart rate monitor with that of a pedometer; however, this does make it a pricier option. It calculates distance traveled as well as the calories you burned during the day. The heart rate monitor can help you determine your intensity when running. This watch also measures changes in elevation which makes the calories burned count more accurate. It also comes highly recommended by "The Pedometer Watch."

Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver with Heart Rate Monitor

Technically not a pedometer, the Garmin Forerunner operates in a similar to manner to typical pedometers. It keeps track of distance traveled through its GPS feature. This ensures optimal distance calculation; however, it does not take in to consideration elevation changes. It too is a heart rate monitor, and the combination of both features makes this the most expensive option on the list. Amazon's review of the watch states that it is a bit bulky, but the product is highly rated.

Tech 4 O Accelerator Women's Running Watch

This pedometer features an accelerometer which gives a highly precise reading of speed and distance. The accelerometer will also gauge distance when running through hilly areas which accuracy as well. The watch provides you the ability to track your personal progress while training. You can individualize the product even more with the stride length adjuster to account for varying terrain types. This is the top choice for runner's who want to use pedometers. This product is also highly regarded by "The Pedometer Watch".

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