Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Getting Techy

Anyone who's been following this blog for any length of time knows that I'm a somewhat low tech kind of gal. I'm not a complete techno-phobe, but I'm not exactly comfortable with using technology either.

Well, last week I finally broke down and bought a pedometer. I'd been thinking about purchasing one for a while now to track the mileage and calories burned on my walks, etc.
So last week when I in Eastern Mountain Sports getting some new sports bras (the old ones had gotten stretched out and were no longer doing their supportive job), I spotted a Timex Pedometer on sale by the check-out counter. It looked low tech enough for even this low tech gal, so I threw it on the pile of sports bras.
Well, since then I've become pedometer obsessed. I, of course, have been using it on my outside power walks. Today I took one of my "long" walks. According to the pedometer I walked 4.75 miles and burned 403 calories.
But, I'm also using it just to track how many "miles" I've gone and calories burned doing chores around the house and yard.

Now, I have to say that I think the calorie counter is a rough guess at best. It only asks for my weight to compute the calories burned, and didn't ask for age, sex, height, etc.

Additionally, it obviously doesn't track if I'm going up hills (I've got a few killer hills on my walks) or on level ground, and I'd imagine that carrying around a 25 pound of mulch would burn additional calories as well.

But, overall it's a fun new toy.

One thing I've learned from it. You don't burn any calories sitting in front of the computer, so I'm off.


  1. I'm a total techno-zero! I'm lucky that I figured out how to start a blog and leave comments.

    I watch my mileage on my treadmill. I wish I could treadmill while keyboarding. Hmmmmmm.....

  2. I keep losing the darn things. Hang onto it!

  3. I bought sports bras at REI and had to throw a cute purse on top of the pile! No pedometer, but do have a Garmin Watch, it tracks miles, has a GPS, and since I am fairly technologically challenged, that was quite a feat to figure out!

  4. OhMyGosh.
    How did I just finally make it here.
    I think I love the name of your blog.

    off to blog'xplore.