GPS Running Watches- What Are They and Why A Runner Needs One

Today everyone talks about having a GPS for traveling purposes.  They help you find where you need to go without having a map all over the seat of the car or needing your passenger to read a map to find your destination.  But did you know they make GPS running watches?  These specialized watches are equipped with GPS making it seem like you have a computerized personal coach on your wrist.

GPS stands for global positioning system. The watch uses a series of satellites for navigation purposes.  The GPS tracks where you are and can help you find your way back.  This can be very helpful if you are running in an unfamiliar area.  In the past your watch only timed how long you where running/exercising.  GPS watches help runners monitor speed, distance, pace, and calories burned while they are training on the roads.  In years past you had to finish your run and calculate everything.

They are a great product for everyone from the novice runner to the elite Olympic runners.  More and more runners are getting GPS watches because they literally are like running with a personal coach on your wrist. They give you instant feed back allowing you to instantly adjust your training resulting in training smarter.  In the past your watch only timed how long you where running/exercising.  Some GPS running watches even track your altitudes.  They have a rechargeable battery that often last 12-14 hours before needing recharging.  The GPS running watches store your workouts (data) by the date.  This gives you the chance to review workout data through out the year.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: