DigitalDingus has taken an extended leave from doing reviews, and one of the reasons...is getting back into shape and having a healthier lifestyle. Since October 2008, I've began a journey of losing weight and developing a program for myself. October of last year I was weighing in at 305 lbs, and as of the middle of March when this review is being created, I'm at 254. A few key products along the way have been incorporated into my routine, and the first of these products being reviewed is the HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer from Omron Healthcare, Inc.. The HJ-720ITC is Omron's top of the line pedometer which measures your steps, aerobic steps, distance, calories burned, and amount (in grams) of fat burned. The HJ-720ITC is a fitness diagnostic device meant to track your exercise routine, while allowing the flexibility to download data from the HJ-720ITC to your PC. The data is then processed in Omron's Health Management software and is viewed in a graphical format for easy viewing.
|HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer|
by Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Features: Dual sensors for more accurate step recognition. 7 days of information stored for display, with up to a total of 41 days stored on the unit. Omron Health Management Software included to view distance, calories burned, fat burned, with separate aerobic steps and all sensed steps displayed for more accurate step information.
Official Website: http://www.omronhealthcare.com/
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
A Few Words Of Advice On Weight Loss
For those who want to lose weight, I highly recommend a cardio routine which does NOT involve walking, jogging, and especially running. Why? Because you'll end up in the ER room at worst, and at best, you'll do enough damage to your muscle and ligament tissue to where you won't be exercising for weeks until you've healed.
What I personally recommend, is a routine where you're standing in place, and moving your upper body and mid-section (abdominals), and concentrate on those two areas. What about your lower body (legs)? This will happen naturally. When you lose weight from moving your abs and upper body, your lower body will follow. I recommend losing 8-10% of your initial body weight before you start to begin a brisk walk and jogging routine. Trust me on this one. You'll benefit so much more, and you'll actually lose weight quicker if you wait to implement your walking and jogging routine later on.
Why Own A Pedometer?
When I first began my weight loss program, I chuckled at the thought of a pedometer. Why? Because all I wanted to do at that point, was to lose weight. I didn't need a cute little device to tell me how many calories I burned, or how far I walked. I just wanted to lose weight. To this day, I still think the same. However, as a person progresses through their weight loss program, it does become essential to track how much exercise is being done to be consistent. Because let's face it, weight loss is great, but keeping it off is another adventure in itself. Having some sort of visual tool to see when you're exercising, is nice. Sure, a person could simply write down on a piece of paper how far they've walked or jogged each day, along with the time, and keeping a written journal, but since we are in a high-tech society where the computer is such a valuable tool, why not take advantage of it. And how likely are you to be so organized, that you're going to collect all those pieces of paper with those vital stats on them? Yeah, I thought so. Which is why I would prefer an electronic device to handle this information for me, while I lose the weight.
This is where the Omron HJ-720ITC can benefit you. It's simple to use, and the information is loaded to your PC for storage. You can view the information daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly, to track your progress.
Omron HJ-20ITC Features
I noticed there was very little information on the HJ-720ITC, and I hope this review will help those who are currently looking at this product by Omron online and possibly even in B&M stores, and will use this review in determining whether this is good for them. I will admit, there are other pedometers out on the market. However, not to get too ahead of myself here, but I was rather pleased with the performance of this pedometer.
- Dual sensors to allow the HJ-20ITC be situated horizontally or vertically
- Every step counted
- Aerobic steps counted separately
- Distance calculated
- Calories and fat calculated
- Personal weight (up to 300 lbs) can be input for accuracy
- 7 days of data stored for on-demand recall
- Up to 41 days total stored in memory for uploading to Omron's Health Management Software on your PC
- Data is reset every 24-hours (at 12am)
Also, a word to those who need some advice on weight loss. Feel free to email me. In times where HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) is in just about everything (i.e., Bread to Chili), and in the age of a Soylent Green can surpassing the nutritional benefits of food manufacturers, you just have to shake your head and ask yourself...can I do this? Well, yes you can. You can lose weight. Having a product which shows you just how much progress you made on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis, is not only convenient, but helpful. It is a part of the puzzle I personally use in my weight loss program.
So, let's take a look at the HJ-720ITC Pocket Pedometer.