What To Look For In a Running Watch

So you’ve finally decided to get off the couch and get back in shape. Maybe you’re training for that marathon next year. Whatever the reason, you’re probably looking for a good running or GPS watch. There’s no better way to get yourself motivated for fitness and exercise then buying yourself some appropriate (and cool) gear. Despite the fact that running and jogging are pretty straightforward and don’t require a ton of accessories, your watch is quite important to your routine. Consider it a nerve center of information that can track your progress, monitor your heart-rate, get you where you’re going and back again, time your sessions, and even let you chart a course for your daily run ahead of time.

running watch loaded with features like gps and heart rate monitoringThese types of watches can be very beneficial for beginners or seasoned veterans alike and depending upon the extent of your training, offer multiple functions and options to help you get the most out of your fitness regimen.

You’ll find a whole slew of manufacturers and features available, but to help you find the one that’s right for you, and keep you from spending too much money on things you may not need in your watch, take a look at this list of some of the essentials you should consider when you’re ready to buy…

Memory

You want a watch that has enough memory storage to track and keep your progress, not only on each particular day, but over a course of extended time, for weeks or months. At it’s most basic, you want the watch to record your mile times, laps, pretty much anything that determines how fast or slow you completed a designated route. As for routes, many GPS watches should have the memory capacity to remember and record your routes for easy access to travel to and through them again.

Chronograph

This is your stopwatch. This function records your speed and time over a designated interval. You start and stop it when you wish and it will give you an accurate assessment of how fast or slow you were getting from point A to point B.

keep yourself motivated with a fitness tracking timepieceCountdown Timer

The timer performs a similar function in that it records time but does so in terms of your overall effort in getting from one point to the next, instead of recording your overall time via distance. You’re basically racing the clock with this function and it can prove useful when you’re trying to beat a previous time. It can also be very helpful when you’re training involves speed.

GPS

You will find GPS very convenient for a number of reasons. First, it can tell you where you are at any given time, so if you get lost at any time, the GPS will help you get back to familiar territory. But it can also act as a map, where you can set waypoints and routes for your travel beforehand. Maybe you want a particularly challenging day that takes you over inclines and or through obstacles, or perhaps the opposite instead, just set the course for the direction you want to go and the watch will do the rest. Same as you would with the GPS function when driving a motor vehicle.

 Heart Monitor

This one is pretty self-explanatory but no less important. Running watches can track your heart-rate and other things as well. This function can provide you with important information about your pulse, the amount of calories you’ve burned over a session, how many steps you took, your overall pace, and more. This function can get rather complicated but also prove very useful to serious runners.

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