Aerobics and Moderate Step Counts in Omron Pedoneters

According to the Omron manuals, in addition to walking steps, the Omron HJ112/HJ113/ HJ720itc record ‘aerobics’ steps whereas the HJ303 records ‘moderate steps’. While many writers make reference to either the ‘aerobics’ mode or ‘moderate steps’ in describing their features, it has been a struggle to find articles that have explained the differences between the two.

So for the benefit of all who may have been wondering which would suit them better, I will outline my findings, and provide an insight to questions like:

– What is the difference between aerobics and moderate steps?

– Which one is faster?

– Does it matter to the buyer?

But before clarifying the differences between the two, it is worth mentioning that the HJ112, Hj11, HJ720itc record ‘aerobic steps’ while the HJ303 record ‘moderate steps’. In other words, these are steps that are faster than a regular walk.

According to the manual, ‘aerobic steps’ are approximately 60 steps a minute; whereas ‘moderate steps’ are approximately 2.5mph – 3.5 mph (4 – 5.4 km/h). But how does a user compare against these 2 separate measurements?

Aerobic steps

For a regular person, 30-35steps a minute works out to 1 mph. Hence at 60 steps a minute for ‘aerobic steps’, this works out to

  • 2 mph (3.2 km/h)

This is akin to a brisk walk – one that many of us would do when walking the dog, rushing to a bus-stop, jogging at a slow pace, or simply when having a ‘brisk walk’.

Moderate Steps

According to the manual, this is 2.5mph – 3.5 mph. Once again, based on 1 mph at 30-35 steps, this works out at 75-110 steps a minute. As you can see, this works out to be much faster than ‘aerobic’ steps. This pace is more similar to a jog/run.

So in a nutshell, moderate steps are faster than the aerobic steps; and is more suited to the person who jogs or runs regularly as part of his/her lifestyle.

Which is best for you?

If you walk more regularly, and on occasion, have a jog/brisk walk, then a device with ‘aerobic’ steps (eg: HJ112, Hj113, HJ720itc) is sufficient. Switching between these modes will record 2 different activity levels. Users do this to record their ‘active’ from ‘lazy’ days. Having the recording in both modes will help you monitor your daily activity levels – a sure way to let you regulate your balance of ‘active’ vs. ‘less active’ days.

If are a fast runner, and run regularly, then the HJ303 is one to consider. Apart from recording these faster steps, the device has other benefits which appeal to many users:

• Highest accuracy recorded: While most pedometers have to be positioned upright to record accurately, this particular pedometer continues to record accurately even when titled at every possible angle – a good feature to have for runners. It also starts recording moderate steps after 4 seconds vs after 10 minutes at the faster pace with the Omron 112, Omron 113 pedometers.

• Trip Count – whereas most Omron pedometers reset the step count to ‘0’ at midnight, this pedometer has a mode that allows the user to record all the steps taken on a trip (holiday, etc) and the number of days it took to record the steps.

Overall, Omron pedometers are among the leading products in the home-health industry making products that are both high on quality, design, and most importantly, that are good value for money. The company’s ethos is built around making positive lifestyle changes, and empowering people. That is why the Omron Hj112, Hj113, HJ720itc and HJ303 are the best-selling fitness devices to date and why more than 90% of users have given their endorsement.

Source by Issy Kenny

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