If you’re looking for a way to take your exercise to the next level, then you really need to consider a GPS watch. Sure, you may be running 3 or 4 times a week, and your body (and mind) are probably feeling great as you’ve finally pushed yourself to complete a course, never stopping to rest. That’s great, a real accomplishment. And, you should be proud of your accomplishment. But, what’s next?
If you’re really serious about taking your exercise program to the next level, then you really need to set (and meet) goals for speed and distance when you run. And, the easiest and most effective way to do this is with a GPS sports watch.
Garmin Forerunner – A Top Choice
Garmin, a pioneer in GPS devices of any type, was one of the first to develop a GPS enabled wrist watch, beginning with the Forerunner 101. A basic GPS watch, the 101 was quickly superseded by the 101, 201 and 301, all with increased features and reduced size. Today, one of the top Garmin Forerunner choices are the upgraded 305 and 405.
The Garmin Forerunner 405 comes with a touch-sensitive bezel, is waterproof, and even has a “virtual partner” feature that allows a single runner to train against a “digital partner.”
The 405 has now been upgraded to the 405CX, which features heart rate-based calorie computation (the watch can accurately determine your calorie consumption in real time). ANT, a wireless feature that can automatically transfer data from your watch to your computer is one of the upgraded features of the 405CX.
The Garmin Forerunner 405CX comes with built-in exercise programming to fit all levels of intensity.
For beginners, you can easily set exercise goals based on time or distance or calories. You can even program the watch to alert you when you’ve achieved your goal.
When your fitness levels have increased, then you’ll be ready for more advanced workouts, based on “stepping” your workouts. Stepping involves variable multi-discipline gym training (strength training, triathalon, etc.). The 405CX can accommodate complex exercise routines as easily as it does simple routines.
Heart Rate Workout
A workout based on your heart rate can be an extremely effective way to calculate your personal fitness levels and can ensure that you get an optimum workout. Based on your age, maintaining a maximum heart rate for a period of time is a highly accurate tool to use when setting exercise goals. The Garmin 401CX has wireless technology and can use feedback to keep your heart rate in an optimum zone.