More than just an activity monitor, why you should invest in a dedicated fitness watch | December, 2019

Activity monitors have become as important to any fitness enthusiast as their running shoes or gym pass but they can't always give you all the information you need. This has led to me on occasion carting my cumbersome smartphone around the running track but these watches allow you to do away with that, they are geared up to give you next level fitness statistics as well as full connectivity to web-based accounts and mobile apps, allowing you to monitor progress of fitness levels on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, and see the results in "black & white". Add to this that generally you can't take your iphone swimming and your onto a winner with all the info you need in one place.

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Mio LINK Heart Rate Monitor Wrist Band

The T4.0 and ANT+ transmission provides instant connectivity of this Mio LINK heart rate monitor wrist band to sports devices and mobile apps. It also works with Mio GO fitnes app and has a single-button Start, Stop and Sunc activation. The Tri-Color LED suggests the heart rate zones set up by Mio GO App, LED charging...Read More

The T4.0 and ANT+ transmission provides instant connectivity of this Mio LINK heart rate monitor wrist band to sports devices and mobile apps. It also works with Mio GO fitnes app and has a single-button Start, Stop and Sunc activation. The Tri-Color LED suggests the heart rate zones set up by Mio GO App, LED charging status and a rechargeable battery. Enjoy the freedom of running, swimming and cycling without the problem of a heart rate monitor chest strap. It tracks the heart rate with precision from the wrist. This helps in training the heart and with its comfy silicone band and waterproof design, this LINK fitness watch can endure even the most rigorous workouts.

Pros:

Single button start stop and sync activation

Waterproof design and lightweight

Cons:

App shows heart rate, but does not keep record

Brand: Mio
Model#: 56P-GRY-L
Weight: 1.3 ounces
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Garmin HRM-Run

Garmin HRM Run tracks 6 varied running dynamics metrics including ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio as well as cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. This strap can be comfortable and easily adjusted. Real time data helps athletes to track performance to the next level to improve running form. Small lightweight module,...Read More

Garmin HRM Run tracks 6 varied running dynamics metrics including ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio as well as cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time. This strap can be comfortable and easily adjusted. Real time data helps athletes to track performance to the next level to improve running form. Small lightweight module, non-slip strap, tracking advanced heart rate features like recovery time estimates, stress score, performance condition and predicated race times as well as VO2 max value and lactate threshold offer value. Numerous key running dynamic metrics are also incorporated into the fitness watch’s capabilities.

Pros:

6 different running metrics

Real time data and small, lightweight module

Cons:

Hard to wash, as HRM cannot be removed from strap

Brand: Garmin
Model#: 010-10997-12
Weight: 3.2 ounces
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Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch with HRM-Run

The Garmin Forerunner 920 fitness watch with HRM is perfect for a run. It comes bundled with an HRM-Run heart rate monitor and when paired with the HRM Run TM Monitor, provides accurate feedback for running form through measurement of ground contact time, cadence and more. It can be paired with ANT+ compatible sensors and Control...Read More

The Garmin Forerunner 920 fitness watch with HRM is perfect for a run. It comes bundled with an HRM-Run heart rate monitor and when paired with the HRM Run TM Monitor, provides accurate feedback for running form through measurement of ground contact time, cadence and more. It can be paired with ANT+ compatible sensors and Control VIRB Elite action camera to note your significant fitness accomplishments. Smart notifications, VO2 max, recovery time and race predictor make this an advanced fitness smartwatch for your running needs. Forerunner 920XT has several high-end features and is wet-suit friendly as well as lightweight, besides boasting a high-resolution color display.

Pros:

High resolution color display

Running dynamics and feedback on ground contact time, vertical oscillation and measurement of cadence

Cons:

ANT+ stick has to be used for Bluetooth and wireless integration

Brand: Garmin
Model#: 010-01174-20
Weight: 2.1 ounces
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Garmin Forerunner 920XT Tri-Bundle

Garmin Forerunner 920 Tri Bundle is known for its capacity to estimate VO2 max, recovery time and race times for distances when used with heart rate and VO2 for cycling when a power meter is employed. When it is paired with the HRM Run monitor, this Garmin fitness watch provides feedback on running form through the...Read More

Garmin Forerunner 920 Tri Bundle is known for its capacity to estimate VO2 max, recovery time and race times for distances when used with heart rate and VO2 for cycling when a power meter is employed. When it is paired with the HRM Run monitor, this Garmin fitness watch provides feedback on running form through the measurement of ground contact time, vertical oscillation and cadence. It even records speed, ascent, descent, distance, grade and more. Paired with ANT+ compatible sensors, it measures useful metrics and there’s even a controlling VIRB Elite action camera to record and review your fitness attainments. Elite or amateur, this fitness watch suits every type of athlete.

Pros:

Records speed, distance, ascent and descent, grade and more, pairs with an ANT+ compatible sensors to measure heart rate

Smart notifications, multisport GPS watch

Cons:

Cost and lack of support for Bluetooth chest straps

Brand: Garmin
Model#: 010-01174-40
Weight: 2.2 ounces
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Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch

The Polar V800 GPS sports watch is an advanced multisport tracker for all serious sportspersons and professional athletes who want to attain peak performance. Built-in GPS ensures the ride, hike or run can be tracked accurately and effortlessly measuring the route, distance and speed. This advanced training watch is perfect for personalized training and comes with...Read More

The Polar V800 GPS sports watch is an advanced multisport tracker for all serious sportspersons and professional athletes who want to attain peak performance. Built-in GPS ensures the ride, hike or run can be tracked accurately and effortlessly measuring the route, distance and speed. This advanced training watch is perfect for personalized training and comes with a blend of training load with 24/7, round-the-clock activity data for excellent recovery status. This special edition triathlon watch comes with a compatible H7 heart rate sensor, universal bike mount and cadence sensor. This high performance waterproof sports watch also has full Bluetooth Smart sensor support and running cadence sans additional sensors. Convenient USB charging completes the lineup.

Pros:

Heart rate monitor included

Special edition triathlon watch

Cons:

Polar sync software lacks intuitive interface

Brand: Polar
Model#: 90061181
Weight: 11.5 ounces
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Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch

The Polar MP400 GPS Smart fitness watch offers a GPS enabled technology to keep track altitude, distance and pace. Tracking workouts, steps, calories burnt, sleep quality and activities 24/7. This waterproof fitness trainer is alert about running cadence to achieve running efficiency and avoid weather based injuries. Compatible with the H7 heart rate sensor ensures the...Read More

The Polar MP400 GPS Smart fitness watch offers a GPS enabled technology to keep track altitude, distance and pace. Tracking workouts, steps, calories burnt, sleep quality and activities 24/7. This waterproof fitness trainer is alert about running cadence to achieve running efficiency and avoid weather based injuries. Compatible with the H7 heart rate sensor ensures the right intensity with target heart rate zoning. Plan, collaborate and sync the training using the Polar flow web service and app. This social smartwatch is perfect for runners who want a trendy design and advanced training features and GPS.

Pros:

Waterproof

GPS enabled

Cons:

Big watch unlike tiny fitness watches cumbersome; Requires an external heart rate monitor

Brand: Polar
Model#: 90051092
Weight: 6.4 ounces
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Polar A360 Fitness Tracker with Wrist Heart Rate Monitor

This wrist based heart rate monitor offers customized training guidance to reach critical fitness goals. Tracking workouts, distance, steps, calories burned, sleep quality and 24/7 activity was never easier. This waterproof fitness tracker offers advanced technology and calorie counter capabilities. This fitness watch is the first to have a Polar personalized training guidance. It also comes...Read More

This wrist based heart rate monitor offers customized training guidance to reach critical fitness goals. Tracking workouts, distance, steps, calories burned, sleep quality and 24/7 activity was never easier. This waterproof fitness tracker offers advanced technology and calorie counter capabilities. This fitness watch is the first to have a Polar personalized training guidance. It also comes with smart watch features such as smart notifications. The fitness watch also has a high resolution color touchscreen for the visibility. Easy readability ensures ease of tracking and effective fitness monitoring too. Beat the inconvenience of a chest strap with this handy fitness watch.

Pros:

Waterproof fitness tracker

Calorie counter capabilities.

Cons:

No GPS

Brand: Polar
Model#: Polar
Weight: 5.8 ounces
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Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire – Slate Gray with Black Band

Garmin Fenix 5X features a sapphire lens that is wireless enabled and scratch resistant. It is the ultimate multisport GPS watch with full color US topography mapping and outdoor navigation features. It has a rugged design that features PVD coated stainless steel bezel, rear care and buttons.It also has navigation sensors including GLONASS and GPS capacity...Read More

Garmin Fenix 5X features a sapphire lens that is wireless enabled and scratch resistant. It is the ultimate multisport GPS watch with full color US topography mapping and outdoor navigation features. It has a rugged design that features PVD coated stainless steel bezel, rear care and buttons.It also has navigation sensors including GLONASS and GPS capacity to track more complex environments and three-axis compass, barometric altimeter and gyroscope. Placing the stats at the fingertips with performance widget that displays training load, status and more.

Pros:

GPS + 3axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter

Smart notifications and automatic uploads to Garmin connect online fitness

Cons:

Proprietary cable for charging no micro USB

Brand: Fenix
Model#: 010-01733-00
Weight: 9.6 ounces
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Mio FUSE Heart Rate, Sleep + Activity Tracker

This Mio FUSE fitness watch offers accurate wrist based heart rate at the time of exercise. Track activities such as sleep, steps, distance, pace, goals and calories using seamless and smooth technology. Sync wirelessly through Bluetooth Smart 4.0 to countless apps and work with the Mio PAI or Personal Activity Intelligence app. This fitness watch has...Read More

This Mio FUSE fitness watch offers accurate wrist based heart rate at the time of exercise. Track activities such as sleep, steps, distance, pace, goals and calories using seamless and smooth technology. Sync wirelessly through Bluetooth Smart 4.0 to countless apps and work with the Mio PAI or Personal Activity Intelligence app. This fitness watch has 3ATM water resistance. Paired with the Mio Heart Rate Technology, it takes fitness to a whole new level. Mio FUSE is a sleek, excellent performance wristband combining features of sports watch, activity tracker and heart rate monitor.

Pros:

Precision heart rate from the wrist, no chest strap required

Water resistance to 30 meters

Cons:

Firmware needs to be upgraded for sleep tracking

Brand: Mio
Model#: 59P-REG
Weight: 1.4 ounces
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Garmin Forerunner 230

Garmin Forerunner 230 offers audio prompts from connected smartphones, 44% larger screens than the 220 in the same size, battery life of up to 16 hours in training mode and 5 weeks in watch mode. This wonderful fitness watch also issues smart notifications and tracks activities such as steps, calories and distance across the day. The...Read More

Garmin Forerunner 230 offers audio prompts from connected smartphones, 44% larger screens than the 220 in the same size, battery life of up to 16 hours in training mode and 5 weeks in watch mode. This wonderful fitness watch also issues smart notifications and tracks activities such as steps, calories and distance across the day. The Forerunner 230 also offers GPS and GLONASS connectivity and has a capacity to record steps even when you are not running. Automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, and live tracking offers a big bonus. Now, download customizable watch faces and apps from Connect IQ. Track heart rate, heart rate zone and VO2 max estimates to train more efficiently.

Pros:

Tracks pace, distance, time and heart rate as well as VO2 max

Live tracking and smart notifications

Cons:

Heart rate monitor not included

Brand: Garmin
Model#: 010-03717-40
Weight: 1.4 ounces
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Why tracking your training will power your results

Fitness trackers keep track of progress. Based on the tracker, wearers can monitor steps, distance traversed, calories, caloric intake and heart rate and sleep. GPS tracking also works to map pace and distance. A fitness watch powers training and offers personal accountability and motivational levels. Research shows fitness trackers increase user activity level by as much as 30%. Individually tailored goals you set for yourself can easily be met. Get the perfect companion for your fitness workouts at an affordable rate. If you are trying to maintain and beat personal records, the fitness watches are the best choice for that as well. Post your fitness records on social media through fitness tracker apps and create workout groups. Take the work out of fitness by choosing from a variety of trackers. Monitor everything from your sleep to your heart rate using this amazing device for optimizing fitness levels.

Can Fitness Watches Boost Heart Health?

Fitness watches boost heart health as well. Studies show that using a fitness tracker can raise your step count per day by more than a mile if a heart-health boosting daily goal is adopted. Fitness trackers help in increasing activity levels and changing fitness habits for the better. The heart smart workout can recalibrate fitness goals and add incentives. Dedicated walking, more gym workouts or longer walking routes can be the result. The higher your heart rate rises during perceived activity and the quicker it decreases at rest, the more fit you are. Physical inactivity is an important risk factor for heart diseases. Fitness trackers can raise physical activity levels and promote weight loss. Motivation and tools to promote an active lifestyle leads to healthy habits. Patients and clinicians are increasingly using this fitness tracker to boost health care. Wearable data even helps in giving the complete picture when it comes to medical records and heart health.

What To Consider While Buying A Fitness Watch?

The factors one needs to consider while purchasing fitness matches are many. The presence of the accelerometer is one such factor. This measures the speed and smooths out GPS blips from distance recording. Some fitness watch brands even permit using the GPS on the smartphone, but at the end of the day, an accelerometer can go the distance, when it comes to ease of exercising. Measuring the heart rate through fitness watches which contain a heart rate monitor also comes in handy. It can be used to see if you are reaching your active heart rate targets, VO2 max or maximum rate of oxygen consumption and more. The waterproof fitness watch is the best accessory to have. ATM ratings are important. Not all fitness trackers have smart notifications. If they do, it is an advantage because you can get all your information without straying too far from the smartphone inputs. Third party apps such as Strava or Map My Run may be compatible with some fitness trackers, and increase their value when it comes to storage of data or in-depth dedicated analysis offered by these awesome apps. Eventually, you should look for a fitness watch that pairs with other devices, has GPS and music playing capabilities and offers the ultimate value for cash.

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