Top Computer-Linked Pedometers

View Your Activity Data on Your Computer Without a Smartphone

Keep track of your walking steps, distance, calories burned and other data with these pedometers that can be downloaded to your computer or to a personal website. While many also link to an app via Bluetooth, there are still people who don't have a compatible smartphone to sync their data that way. You can view data charts and graphs and see how you are progressing to your goals. They may have interactive features to connect with other users or experts, and may or may not charge a subscription fee.

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There is a full family of Fitbit activity trackers. You can sync any model of Fitbit with either Mac or PC computer and with mobile apps for iOS and Android. Fitbit syncs completely wirelessly and automatically to your computer via a USB key whenever you are nearby, or to the phone app via Bluetooth. Online and on the app you can track your steps, calories burned, log your calories eaten, and share the info with friends. Best of all, there is no additional fee to use the website, it's included in the price of the sensor. The Fitbit Alta, One, Flex, Flex 2, Charge, Charge HR, Charge 2, Blaze, and Surge also track your sleep quality.

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The Garmin vivofit fitness band can sync with either PC or Mac via an ANT stick, and also will sync with a smartphone app via Bluetooth Smart. It tracks steps, distance and all-day calories burned and also displays the time of day and date as a ​pedometer watch. If you want to reduce your sitting time, the vivofit starts alerting you after an hour of inactivity with a growing red Move Bar. You can track your sleep as well as your activity. It will also connect with an optional ANT heart rate monitor chest strap to display your heart rate. Best of all, its battery lasts for a year so there is no annoying recharging to deal with. On your Garmin Connect online dashboard you can view your stats, see badges earned for your achievements, connect with other users and track your diet via MyFitnessPal.

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The Garmin vivosmart and vivosmart HR also can be used either with a computer USB sync or Bluetooth sync to the Garmin app. The vivosmart has the features seen on the vivofit but also has call and text notifications. The HR version has wrist-based heart rate detection so you don't have to wear a chest strap.

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The Polar Loop  wristband pedometer watch tracks steps, calories and your progress towards a daily activity goal. You can also link it with a Bluetooth Polar heart rate monitor strap to track workouts and view your heart rate on the Loop band. Sync your data to PC or Mac computers with a custom USB cable, or via Bluetooth Smart with an iOS app. It also has inactivity alerts if you've been sitting for an hour, and tracks your sleep time. Online and on the app you can see minute by minute details of your activity intensity for each day, with daily, weekly and monthly activity totals.

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This Omron 3-axis pedometer is very accurate and has big, readable numbers. On the pedometer you can view your all-day steps, aerobic steps, distance, active calories burned, pitch (steps per minute) and time of day. You simply remove the end cap and plug it into a USB port to download your data to view on the OmronFitness Dashboard. Set goals, earn badges and track your fitness activities. The dashboard is rudimentary, with only full-day totals rather than minute-by-minute details.

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This foot pod sensor transmits stride and speed data to any ANT+ compatible device. It is an advanced accelerometer that needs no calibration. There is a sensor key and apps available for the iPhone and iTouch. Most apps include speed, distance and calories. Apps should be available that also show step data. This device is only used for workouts, not for all-day step data.

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The Forerunner uses a GPS to get true distance and speed, although not really a pedometer in that you don't get a step count. It also works only outdoors unless you upgrade to versions that are compatible with an optional foot pod. The 110 version is compatible with an ANT+ chest strap heart monitor to also capture your heart rate data. With the basic 10 and 110 units, which sell for under $200, you get fewer training features than with their more expensive units.

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