Not too long ago one of the only options runners had for watches was a $20 Timex that tracked your time along with a few laps, and if you were lucky it was the Indiglo model that featured a light to see the time in the dark.
The rise of the internet and technology has now put the power of a computer on our wrists with the recent launch of the Apple Watch, but has also given runners many more choices than ever. On the other end of the spectrum are activity bands, and somewhere in the middle of super watches and activity bands are GPS watches. More choices are good but also can make it more confusing to know what watch is best for you. So, which one is right for you?
If you are only looking to track your general daily activity such as steps and sleeping patterns an activity band may be all you need. These are the least expensive and simplest form of tracking devices that will give you basic information about your fitness levels, and typically connect to the computer.
GPS Running Watches
Coming a long way from the original Timex, current GPS running watches are very sophisticated tracking just about anything you need, and also sending the information to your computer and possibly your phone via an app. These devices are now sometimes referred to a personal running coach as some functionality even goes as far as encouraging you to reach the goals you set.
If you want it all, super watches typically combine the best of activity bands and GPS watches, as well as pair to your phone for added connectivity. The Apple Watch and Garmin Vivoactive are such watches that aren’t only good for runners but for other general fitness activities as well.
Still not sure what device is best for you? Don’t worry, we can help. Come into Complete Runner and let us know what you want to accomplish and we will help to point you in the right direction.