Ever since I shared the photo on the left on my Instagram feed, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I stay so “fit and healthy”, so I thought I’d take a little look at that over the next fews weeks.
First, though, I’d like to take a moment to share that health is a very personal matter and even though I’m going to be sharing what I do with you all, I’m by no means suggesting that what I”m doing is right for you, should be taken as advice, and/or is what everyone else should be doing. We’re all individuals, and able to make our own choices, with our own bodies in mind. Neither this nor any of my upcoming blog posts should be taken as a prescriptive
Let me say that one more time: this series of blog posts is not advice, nor should it be treated as such. If you want to make changes to the way you eat and/or exercise you should not do so without first conducting befitting research, and contacting the appropriate professionals (doctors, nutrition coaches, personal trainers, etc) if needs be.
With all that said, today I want to look at one of the easiest things to do that is often a huge gain towards healthy living: walking! Of course, I’m sure we all know that we’re supposed to walk at leat 10,000 steps every day but if you’re anything like me you’re probably not even sure how far that is, and even so you’re fairly certain you don’t come close most days!
I’ve been looking at various ‘activity trackers’ for a while, and wasn’t sure how much use I’d get out of them in their current guise as I’m not hugely into running – which to me seems like their main “selling point” – so when I was asked recently if I’d like to review the Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology & 30 Day Memory, I jumped at the chance! It seemed just perfect for me, step tracking with ‘calories burned’ information, the only downside is that it doesn’t “link up” with the fitness & calorie tracker apps I use – although that can also be counted as a good thing, as I soon discovered!
It’s certainly a neat little gadget, and it comes with everything you need to get going: a small wrist lanyard with a clip, plus a little holder with a bigger clip, an instruction booklet, a battery, and even a handy little screwdriver so you can change the battery when it runs out.
The only real downside that I can see, being a card-carrying pin up, is that if you’re wearing an outfit without pockets, you’ll be unlikely to be able to take your pedometer along with you; the upside: if you’ve got pockets it’s the easiest thing in the world to clip on and forget about!
I’ll admit I was a bit paranoid at first that the clip wouldn’t hold or that I’d knock it off putting my hand in my pocket, but I’ve used it every day for over a week and I’m happy to report that the clip held the pedometer in place where ever I put it – in a dress pocket, in my handbag, Mr LPU &I have even had the good fortune (and weather!) to be able to get out for a couple of walks this week and the pedometer stayed clipped to the back of my sports bra without moving once.
The other advantage of the pedometer? Seeing how few steps I actually take during the day while I’m at work, and being spurred on to take more! The photo on the right shows how many steps I took during one work day, from waking up in the morning until I got home in the afternoon. You can’t really see it so well on this photo, but on the left hand side of the little screen, there’s a bar that fills up as you take more steps, currently the top of it was just about level with the bar across the middle of the screen.
Of course, this being Monday morning and the first real day I’d used the pedometer, I was spurred on to see how going for a walk would change that number, so walk we did – it definitely felt good being out in the sunshine and fresh air!
And it was heartening to see that when we got home, I’d almost reached the recommended 10,000 steps! I knew a little pottering around the house would help, so with plenty of time I clipped the pedometer back on, and checked my ‘magic number’ again just before bedtime…
I’d more than got it! Throughout the rest of the week, it was interesting to see the variations in that number from doing different things at work, running errands at lunchtime, walking different routes in the evenings, and not walking at all some evenings.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend the Ozeri 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology & 30 Day Memory, especially as it’s nice to see the overall number mount up day-on-day (as I’m writing this post, my ‘total steps’ since I started using the pedometer are 46,968). It’s currently on sale on Amazon, with a whopping £20 reduction on the RRP, and it’s definitely worth the £19.99if you’ve got any interest in some of the more expensive ‘activity trackers’ but aren’t sure if you’ll get the use out of them.
Disclaimer: I was contacted by Ozeri and asked if I would like to review the 4x3sport Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology & 30 Day Memory from them, besides receiving and keeping the pedometer I have not and will not get any further compensation from Ozeri, monetary or otherwise. Regardless of this, all opinions expressed are mine and mine only, (except where I might note Mr LPU’s opinion). This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, I may receive a small commission, which helps to run my blog. I link only to items I absolutely love, from companies I wholeheartedly support. Thank you for supporting A Little Pin Up Every Day!