Sports watch­es are smart gad­gets (Smart Watch). They are able to mea­sure the pulse and pres­sure, they have built-in GPS and GSM. How to choose the right watch for run­ning — in the arti­cle.

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Char­ac­ter­is­tics of a watch for run­ning in the city

If in an area with quar­ter­ly archi­tec­ture it is sim­ple and log­i­cal to cal­cu­late mileage, then for non-stan­dard set­tle­ments (with sharp changes in height and unusu­al streets) you will have to take a more reli­able device.

city ​​running watch

Among the main para­me­ters of urban sports watch­es, 4 char­ac­ter­is­tics can be dis­tin­guished.

  1. Heart rate mea­sure­ment, like Hon­or Watch.
  2. Clock, timer, stop­watch.
  3. Mea­sure­ment of dis­tances and pace of walk­ing (run­ning).
  4. Pedome­ter.

For run­ning around the city, these func­tions are more than enough. The move­ment can be count­ed on a mobile phone in your pock­et, and the rest of the add-ons can be car­ried out in the appli­ca­tion, which is indi­cat­ed in the instruc­tions. If it’s emp­ty there, look for the per­fect app by click­ing on it, try­ing apps from dif­fer­ent devel­op­ers.

Note: A 5‑point guide to set­ting up a smart watch with a tonome­ter: how to mea­sure blood pres­sure and pulse cor­rect­ly

Trail running watch specifications

To under­stand which watch to choose for run­ning, you need to con­sid­er the fol­low­ing para­me­ters:

The func­tions of the smart watch are designed for max­i­mum auton­o­my of the ath­lete. They are a guide, an advis­er, and an assis­tant. Still, in an open field there is no one to ask a short way to the near­est stop.

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Basic functions of a running watch

running watch features

A good run­ning watch com­bines the best of smart­watch­es and fit­ness bands. Among the main para­me­ters, 13 run­ning ones can be dis­tin­guished:

  • heart rate mon­i­tor — in con­ven­tion­al devices, indi­ca­tors can devi­ate by 7–12% from the actu­al val­ue. For an accu­rate result, you need to use a chest heart rate mon­i­tor with a heart rate sen­sor that will con­nect to the watch via wire or “over the air”;
  • tonome­ter — mea­sures pres­sure;
  • oxime­ter — shows the approx­i­mate amount of oxy­gen in the blood. Hon­or Band 5 has such a fea­ture;
  • pedome­ter — counts the num­ber of steps;
  • the barom­e­ter cal­cu­lates the height with the dura­tion of ascents and descents as accu­rate­ly as pos­si­ble;
  • GPS receiv­er — remem­bers move­ments. Can trans­fer them to the “cloud” at the first con­nec­tion to the net­work. Advanced mod­els have the abil­i­ty to down­load offline maps (which is very valu­able on rough ter­rain);
  • calo­rie counter — the more inputs by type of height, heart rate, pres­sure and oth­er things, the more accu­rate these val­ues ​​will be;
  • the abil­i­ty to cal­cu­late loads through the speed of steps and dis­tances using GPS;
  • clock, stop­watch and timer;
    com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with iOS, Android or Win­dows — hav­ing run data, mobile apps will tell you how train­ing will affect your health and what time is best to run next time;
  • back­light — to see the time or results;
  • mois­ture and dust resis­tance — the more the bet­ter. With such devices, you can dive sev­er­al meters deep in fresh water. Salty — destroys the mech­a­nism of even the most pro­tect­ed watch­es;
  • auton­o­my — ide­al­ly 2–3 weeks. It’s also good if they don’t need charg­ing for 5–10 days.

Infor­ma­tive arti­cle: Instruc­tions for choos­ing a smart watch with pres­sure and heart rate mea­sure­ment in 4 points

What to look for when choosing: 9 points

  selection of sports watches

  1. The abil­i­ty to syn­chro­nize with your phone via Blue­tooth.
  2. The pres­ence of a chest heart rate mon­i­tor — for accu­rate mea­sure­ment of heart rate.
  3. GPS and oth­er satel­lite net­works.
  4. Barom­e­ter, like the Sam­sung Galaxy Watch Active R500.
  5. Water and dust resis­tance.
  6. Smart noti­fi­ca­tions — noti­fi­ca­tions about missed events.
  7. Recharg­ing on the go.
  8. Con­nec­tion with stream­ing ser­vices.
  9. NFC chip — with which you can pay for pur­chas­es.

Let’s see what is the best run­ning watch. You will have to take into account your phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, the place with the fre­quen­cy of train­ing and oth­er para­me­ters described above. And only in this way it will be pos­si­ble to find the mod­el that is best suit­ed specif­i­cal­ly for you.

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