Thursday, October 30, 2014

Omron Alvita Pedometer

Recently, I was looking through a "fitness inspiration" Instagram profile, something I rarely do because I don't even have that app.  Long ago, I wanted to be that kind of inspiration (through this blog), but as life and body changes have reduced my long-run selfies to hardly existent walks, I have to remember that every great thing begins with a simple step.

I was contacted to review the Omron Alvita Pedometer, which is a notch above other pedometers you may have used over the years.  Most of them register up-and-down movement only, but the Alvita can detect steps on three axes (axis-es?).  This is really cool, because unlike other pedometers, you won't hear clicking or anything when you walk.

The other great thing about it is that it automatically resets itself at midnight each day.  It is also really light to clip or strap to yourself.

Believe it or not, that's me lounging with a huge, huge bump.

I shamefully don't log many steps these days, but I was actually surprised that even while resting at home for a couple of hours, I was able to log in about 100 steps.  I guess those frequent restroom trips will do that!

Also, you have to love that Oprah introduced these as an empowerment tool for young girls.  I think it's important to teach young people the benefits of staying active, particularly because being young is often as stressful as being, well, not-so-young!

As for me, I'm sure having this around will encourage me to be on my feet more than I have been.  To get back to those long runs, I gotta start somewhere!

From their representative:

Education has always been the number one focus for Oprah at her Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. After a visit in August 2014, she decided that, along with exercising the girls’ minds, exercising their bodies was important as well. Oprah decided to give a boost to a school initiative that had begun on her birthday earlier in the year – The Fittest School Challenge – to encourage the girls to become more active and physical throughout the day.

While encouraging activity, Oprah also wanted a way to keep the girls and faculty motivated over time. That’s when Oprah invited Omron to join the challenge by donating Alvita Ultimate Pedometers to each student and staff member. She believed the pedometers would be a fun way to track activities daily, while motivating the girls to improve and walk more over time.  

Thanks to Omron, the girls at the Leadership Academy are on their way to meeting their goal of 10,000 steps per day.  

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided a sample of this product to try but was not otherwise compensated to provide a particular opinion on it.

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