A cheap, barely-functional pedometer isn’t going to do you a lot of good. Shit, McDonalds was handing them out a few years ago with some bullshit “fit meal” marketing gimmick, essentially killing all hope that pedometer can really help you lose weight. All that has changed with the invention of the $99 Fitbit. At that price, most consumers will be extremely cautious about purchasing the device but it’s well worth it.
Using some proprietary technology, the Fitbit can differentiate between walking, running and riding in a car. This allows you to wear it from the minute you get up to the hour before you hit the hay, enabling you to collect real results and analyze your data for your workout plan. It can even read your REM-induced sleep tremors if you want it to. A lot of people are impressed with the Fitbit and anyone looking to get serious about walking or running should probably give it a try. It’s due out at the end of this year.