Do people that design things really think about it…… I mean really think? If I was a pedometer designer I would be thinking the majority of my target market may be overweight to some extent….hence the interest in walking and how far you walk?
Pedometers, at least the half dozen I have tried over my time……..are NOT MADE FOR FAT PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who needs the motivation the most….. farking fat people!!!!!!! I remember my first “serious” pedometer. Not the type you get for free out of a cereal box or on a magazine…..no, no, no…this was heavy duty stuff. I paid a small fortune for it. It played me music, it spoke to me, it counted my steps, kilometres and calories. Hell…it probably even had an automatic condom dispenser…who knows!! This baby was made for the serious walker!!! I brought this machine when I was living down the Wild West and working as an Occupational, Health & Safety Coordinator for a mining contractor. In charge of 177 strapping, sweaty miners wearing nothing but a skimpy blue singlet ……..*sigh*………..but I digress 🙂
Of course….. as always…. I had weight “issssh-ooozzz” and this was my latest fad. I loved pressing the buttons on the top as I walked and have it tell me how great I was!!! …. well, how far I had walked anyway. I have never bothered with belts. Still not up to the belt stage yet. My natural rolls kept my trousers up!! Why don’t I wear belts? because they don’t make belts farking wide enough to fit fat people like me….and they do not suit fat people! Even if I could have found one that fitted, the minute I sat down and stopped holding my breath the bastard would disappear into the abyss of my fat rolls never to be seen again!! I would have to call mine rescue to get the bastard out again!! I would just hook the pedometer over the waistband of my trackies when I left to go walking. I never actually sat down with the pedometer on……….
I wore it to work on the first day back…..I was interested to know how far I walked in a 12hr day at work. I did wear a belt to work because it was the law! You had to have the belt on to hold the self rescuer (for underground) radio and other paraphinalia (sp?) onto it for my job! I went to a staff meeting first up one day with the mine manager and other assorted “knobs” in attendance…………………..I SAT DOWN…………..
La, la, la, la…… *beep* you have done 1368 steps…..*beep* la, la, la The buttons were on the top of the bloody pedometer and when I sat down my rolls of fat folded over and set the buttons off!!! I had to stand up and lift my shirt up to get the bloody thing to turn off!!! How embarrassing!!!! They didn’t let me live that one down for a while!!
The other thing I noticed about this pedometer was the reading was never right…..on me. BECAUSE….my fat rolls kept pressing the buttons and stuffing the reading. One day I had apparently done 60,000 steps by morning tea time…..go me 🙂
So, here is my handy hint for the day……………….. If, like me, you have a little surplus “hornbagness” to be rid of ….and you are going to purchase a pedometer……….get one with the buttons on the FARKING SIDE!!!!! Or just count for yourself….it will take your mind off the fact that your knees and butt are bloody killing you 🙂