Earlier this week, Matt Cutts wrote about his favorite pedometer, the Omron HJ-720ITC.  When he mentioned that it has a USB connector and comes with software so you can upload and track your data on a computer, I thought it was worth checking out. It didn’t sound like any ordinary pedometer to me, and sure enough, it’s not. This pedometer is the ultimate fitness gadget for geek’s, because after all, not all geek’s sit in front of the computer or play video games all day!

The biggest thing that sets the Omron HJ-720ITC apart from other pedometers is the Omron Health Management Software that comes with it. It’ll work great on Windows 2000 or XP (No Mac, Windows Vista, or Linux) and provides you with a visual graph of the total steps you’ve taken, the aerobic steps you’re taken, and a walking report. This software will help you keep track of your progress over time. The image below shows what the interface looks like:



Another great thing about this pedometer is that you don’t have to clip it to your belt! You can either attach it to your belt, a pocket, or even a bag. Other features include:

  • Measures steps, aerobic steps and minutes, calories, and distance
  • Display a 7 day history
  • Keeps a 42 day history in memory

For only $33 bucks at Amazon, I’d say this is a great deal!

Matt pointed out a few other things in his article such as this suggestion for Omron: “Make the pedometer look like a little flash drive, and create a special text document on the pseudo-drive with the user’s step data.  Then anyone could read their data, regardless of the type of computer they used.” Wouldn’t that be nice?

Now, we know all of you don’t sit in front of your computers 24 hours a day, so what do you do in your free time to stay active?