Misfit Shine clip-on & sport bandInterestingly enough, the Misfit Shine started as an Indiegogo campaign on November 12, 2012, with the company raising almost $850,000 by the time of closure on January 16, 2013. The company, Misfit Wearables, founded in 2011 is relatively small but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up with its above and beyond customer support, dedication and continuous feature updates to its Shine app that have come a long way since its first introduction.

Another interesting tidbit is that the co-founder of Misfit Wearables is John Sculley. You may remember him as the Apple CEO from the mid80s until 1993 who fired Steve Jobs! Read the rest of this entry

Omron HJ-323USB PedometerWhen it comes to Omron pedometers, they are second to none in popularity due to their durability, quality and ease of use. I reviewed their bestselling HJ-112 model which is a basic, reliable no-frills model. So to follow up I wanted to research an Omron model that featured computer and mobile device connectivity, the Omron HJ-323USB pedometer. This model comes with a USB plug as part of the unit, which means you don’t need to have WiFi or Bluetooth or a smartphone. A regular mobile phone using the Android platform will do and as all computers are equipped with USB ports, it couldn’t be easily available to download your fitness stats to your free dashboard. Read the rest of this entry

GeoPalz basketball pkgWhen I was a young child playing outside with the neighborhood kids, our parents had to practically chase us around the block to get us to come back inside for supper. As soon as we were done eating, we ran right back outside and played until the last light of day.

How things have changed for kids today with the multitude of technological gadgets and online games and TV channels available to them. I have to be honest and admit that I am the first to drool at all the amazing tech stuff out there and there are so many TV shows on cable and Netflix to love. Right? It’s no wonder how we all, young and old, have become addicted couch potatoes.

Being less active has serious consequences on our health and our children’s health. I am constantly hearing in the news how doctors are dealing with more cases of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes in much younger age groups than seen before. It is all very worrisome. Read the rest of this entry

Yamax EX-510 pedometerEver since I started my daily walking exercise routine, I have been researching pedometers and activity trackers extensively (or rather obsessively I might add). One pedometer brand that I keep coming across in my research is Yamax. Their pedometers are all made in Japan, a country where you may recall from my earlier post, the 10,000 Steps-A-Day Program originated.

Yamax Corporation has been making pedometers for over 40 years. Their first pedometer, the SW-200, was first introduced to the North American market around 2003 and soon became highly rated for its accuracy. Read the rest of this entry

tombstone-bigFitness apps for your mobile device are readily available for download to track various data not only appealing to the fitness buff but also to those just starting out on the road to a more active, healthy lifestyle. There are apps for tracking walking, running, cycling, workouts, weight loss, heart rate, etc. The list is endless. The best thing is most of these are free. Which brings me to question Read the rest of this entry

Fitbit One Activity TrackerAnother model in the very popular Fitbit line of pedometers is the Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker. First introduced on the market in 2012, the Fitbit One is still rated very high in customer satisfaction to this day. So I decided to further research how it compares to the other Fitbit models available.

The main difference with the Fitbit One is that is has an altimeter which basically means it can track floors climbed. Read the rest of this entry

Sony SmartBand SWR10-1One of the so-called “wearable devices” creating a buzz is the Sony SmartBand SWR10 Activity Tracker. It was first introduced in January at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and then later with more details at the end of February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Sony stated it was expected to be ready for retail sometime in March. True to their word, I see it is now finally available on Amazon. Being such a new product, there are no customer feedback available yet, but I have scoured reputable news sites to provide you with all valuable information to date. Read the rest of this entry

Spark trackingIf you scour the internet for forums, discussion boards and customer reviews on pedometers, the top question and concern mentioned over and over again for those looking to buy a pedometer is regarding its accuracy.

Generally, the accuracy of an acceptable pedometer should have an error rate of 10% or less. However, many factors need to be considered, such as the type of pedometer, how it is worn, the make and model of the pedometer and user input. Read the rest of this entry

couch-potatoI came across a funny quote I wanted to share. “Some exercise researchers say we’re naturally sedentary creatures, evolved to be couch potatoes long before there were couches (or potatoes).” Ain’t it the truth? Our dependency on cars doesn’t help either.

Walking is the easiest and simplest exercise you can do to get out of your inactivity rut. You don’t need to join and pay monthly fees to a gym or buy expensive exercise machines. All you need is a decent pair of walking shoes and a pedometer and you can incorporate activities you do every day like grocery shopping or climbing stairs. Read the rest of this entry

leonardodavinciI was curious to know who is credited with inventing the pedometer. I must say I did not expect to find what I discovered in my research. There is a whole slew of people involved and the answer is not clear cut at all. The Swiss, the English, the French and the Americans all claim to have invented the pedometer. It seems this would be a case even Sherlock Holmes would find hard to solve!

Did Leonardo da Vinci Invent the Pedometer?

Leonardo da Vinci is generally given credit for coming up with the original concept of the pedometer. Going all the way back to the 15th century, paintings by da Vinci show a device that was used by the ancient Romans for military purposes to calculate the approximate daily distance the troops had traveled on foot. Read the rest of this entry

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