The most commonly accepted form of exercise is walking, with an approximation of about 10,000 steps being quoted as the acknowledged standard.

Walking is extremely beneficial to one’s health and by far it has been considered to be the healthiest exercise an individual can participate in. At first walking may not seem like effective exercise but in reality it is an excellent way to boost your metabolism, lose weight and improve bone density. Health is an issue that should concern us all especially as it relates to the personal aspects of our own bodies.

A simple device known as a pedometer is designed as a measuring instrument for recording number of steps taken and so is able to estimate the distance covered while walking.

One such pedometer is the Oregon Scientific pedometer.  Capable of measuring the number of steps taken and distance covered, it is also small and light weight. This specific feature of Oregon pedometer is in stark contrast to the Omron pedometers.

Despite having great reviews generally, Omron pedometers have received complaints about their apparent bulkiness. Bulky pedometers are rather uncomfortable to wear and tend to easily fall off.

Having said all that, the Oregon pedometer carries a waist clip which surprisingly, does fit well over even thin exercise wear as well as it would on the waist of a pair of jeans.

It is a great basic model, easy to use and simple enough for even the least tech-savvy walker to manipulate. Oregon Scientific has manufactured varying models, and there are models with features such as FM radio, panics alarm button, pulse reader, calorie counter and seven-day storage of data.

In comparison to other top brands of pedometers, the Oregon scientific pedometer has gotten quite a number of bad reviews about its small button size and difficulty in the maneuvering of its side buttons. Most reviewers find this to be a major problem.

The Omron and Accusplit pedometers have often been lauded for their accuracy and easy to read display and larger buttons and convenience of carrying it in multiple locations.

When compared to the Oregon, the Omron gains points for ease of use and especially ease of uploading software. As a result of the dark background, the use of the software on the Oregon pedometer can be quite challenging.

Generally, the Oregon scientific pedometer is quite impressive, as it measures distances accurately to within one-tenth of a mile. It is definitely a great budget option particularly for new runners.