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Why Running Watches Are The Most Beneficial Devices To Record Training

Author : James Huang

For any runner that is serious about training and racing, running watches are a necessity. These little wrist accessories can track mileage, pace, heart rate and location, possibly with the help of a few simple applications. Some even allow the owner to plug them in to his or her computer for analyzing and comparing runs over time.

Improving endurance and speed are two essential factors when going through the long process of training for a race. The amount of mileage that must be run on a weekly basis is pertinent to the distance of the actual race. Plus, the goal for crossing the finish line time-wise details how fast they must prepare to be. Being able to easily view any progress is important for these reasons.

While there are other items such as GPS devices and cell phones with various applications that offer the same features as the watch, they are much more difficult to carry. One must usually be handheld and the other attached to a waist band. Particularly on long runs, these are both a distraction. One causes the hand to get sweaty or the arm to be heavy, while the other can make the person's pants or shorts slip down.

GPS devices usually involve the use of some other mechanical device and a chip that goes into the person's shoe. The problem with this is that it is usually reliant upon a particular brand of shoe that is linked with the device itself. This brand may not be one that is comfortable for the individual to wear on a regular basis.

The same transportation limitations do not apply to wrist watches because they do not require holding. There are many varieties to choose from as well. Each has its own functions and some offer extra accessories for purchase. Items such as a heart rate monitor can help to better monitor performance. This simple device straps onto the chest and then allows the information to be viewed via the watch face.

During the activity, watches allow the individual to continuously view the progression of the workout very easily. Most other devices cannot be reviewed until the run is completed or they transmit the information via earphones, interrupting any music. This enables the person to change their pace very easily or simply see how they are doing.

Using an USB cord, most of these items allow the information to be transferred to a computer for easier comparison. The data of past runs can then be reviewed in conjunction with the current to see how things are going or if there are areas that need to be worked on. This is especially helpful in calculating how many extra miles an individual can tack out without seriously risking injury.

Effective and efficient training is gained by reviewing progress and focusing on areas which need more work. Running watches are a great mechanism to enable this to be done rather easily. As there are numerous versions and brands available on the market today, pricing should not be a big issue.

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