Readers voted for their favorite computer-linked pedometer/activity monitor. Meet the winner and the other four finalists. These devices allow you to view your walking, running and other motion activity online or on your computer. If you agree or disagree, write your own review for your favorite computer-linked pedometer, activity monitor or phone app.
The Fitbit itself is a small pedometer clip that is easy to wear on your waistband or carry in a pocket. It displays steps, distance, calories and a flower that grows as you achieve your daily goal. But it also uploads wirelessly to a web site where you can enjoy graphs and charts of steps, active steps, distance, sleep quality and to track your diet, heart rate, blood pressure, glucose. It works with both PC and Mac and had no additional subscription fee to track your activity online. Plus, it will Tweet your weekly averages if you wish. Winner of 2011 About.com Walking Readers' Choice Awards
WalkingSpree uses the Omron HJ-720IT pedometer, which is itself a finalist in this category. But they have their own software to use with it that is both PC and Mac compatible, and you can use it on multiple computers. With their subscription-based service, your pedometer data is uploaded to their web site to track your walking data. With the basic Club Pack you get access to charts and graphs of your walking activity, the ability to track non-walking exercise, forums, blogs, and coaching tips. If you also want to track you diet and nutrition and get expert advice from a personal trainer, you can purchase the Wellness Pack for an additional fee or monthly subscription.
The Omron HJ-720ITC Pedometer Pedometer is a full-featured pedometer (steps, distance, calories) that also hooks up with your computer via a USB connection so you can enjoy graphs and charts of steps, aerobic steps, distance, calories and fat burned. The drawback is that the software that comes with the pedometer from Omron is only PC-compatible and meant for use on one computer rather than uploading to a web site. However, one of our other finalists, WalkingSpree, also uses this pedometer with its own software and web site to overcome those two flaws.
4. Nike Plus
The Nike Plus site can be used in two ways. One way is with the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, which includes a shoe pedometer and an adapter for your iPod nano or iPhone. The shoe pedometer records your workouts and transmits your distance, speed and calories (but not step count) to your device and then to the Nikeplus.com website when you plug your device into a computer. You can upload your workout data for free to a personal log on the Nikeplus.com web site. You can also upload steps from your iPod nano's pedometer function, which works independently of the shoe pedometer/adapter.
The Wahoo Fitness Stride Sensor is a foot pod that attaches to your shoe to sense motion and transmit data wirelessly to any ANT+ capable device, such as certain sport watches and foot pod receivers. They have a fisica receiver that works with the iPhone so you can view real-time data of speed, distance, etc. as well as data from a heart rate monitor if you want to add that in.