Picking the Right Sports Watch

You’ve seen them everywhere—on joggers, on your colleagues’ wrists, and all over sporting goods stores—and you think it’s about time you got one for yourself. After all, there’s nothing better than a sports watch to track your results or motivate yourself to improve.

So how do you select the right one amid so much choice?

The important thing is to determine your athletic profile and select a watch to match. There are three types of watches on the market: activity monitors/trackers, heart-rate monitors and GPS watches.

Activity Monitors

If you want to get back into shape or simply log how active you are on a daily basis (walking to work, climbing stairs, doing recreational sports and so on), an activity monitor, such as those offered by Fitbit or Polar, could be right for you.

Activity trackers are both subtle and easy to use as they are made to wear at all times, like a regular watch. These monitors give you the date and time, calculate the number of steps you take in a day and tell you how many calories you burn. They even store your sleep data! They are excellent motivators for being more active, getting back into shape and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s an interesting detail: when you spend too much time without moving, the watch will begin to vibrate to incite you to get up and get your blood flowing. It’s a good reminder that it might be time to fill your water bottle or visit one of your colleagues across the office.

Heart-Rate Monitors

A heart rate monitor is a smart choice if you have precise cardio goals and want to target a specific training intensity, as it allows you to select your desired cardiovascular range (minimum and maximum bpm), ringing when you don’t reach it or when you surpass it.

Heart rate monitors are easy to use. Many Timex productsworks with a chest strap, for example, and women often choose a sports bra that integrates the monitor to avoid chafing and injury. More and more watches calculate your heart rate straight from your wrist—a popular option, since it’s easier to use.

If you’re not afraid of a little technology and you want to invest in a multi-function sports watch, we recommend getting a GPS watch. It has the same advantages as the heart rate monitor, plus many, many more.

GPS Watches

The GPS watch is the pinnacle of sports watches, ideal for major athletes who practice several sports at one time. A sports technology hub that includes a heart rate monitor and a speed tracker, it displays your average speed, greatest speed, and total distance. You can even get a detailed graph of your course by connecting the watch to Bluetooth!

If you train for performance reasons, or if you’re getting ready for a particular challenge such as a marathon, triathlon, cycling event, or a deep-woods racket race, a GPS watch will easily become your greatest ally.

Once you’ve figured out which type of watch suits you best, there is no right or wrong choice. Models of all types are compatible with IOS, Android and Windows, and all have similar functions. You can select the watch based on look, price, or personal use preferences.