An Athlete’s Guide to Buying the Best Sports and Fitness Watch

In the world of athletics and fitness, everyone, even the most gifted, understands the importance of performance metrics. Whether you are a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer or a speed car racer, a sports watch is an important accessory that you need to have with you. The watch is designed to help you know your performance speed, the distance traveled, altitude, and above all your heart rate.

Therefore, sports watches have proven to be very crucial in an athlete’s life. But because the market has a lot to offer when it comes to sports watches, you might have a difficult time finding the right watch, especially if it is your first time getting one. This post is therefore meant to give you some tips on how to find the right watch (particularly a multisport one) for your sports career.

  • Find a water-resistant watch – Being an athlete means being exposed to different climates and different temperatures. Snow, ice, rain, sweat are can be part of your sporting environment, so you need a watch that will be able to function in all kinds of environments. Moreover, if you are a swimmer, this kind of watch would be the best watch for you to know how you are performing in the water.
  • Find a watch that is readable – You might have the coolest water-resistant watch in the world but it doesn’t make any sense if the watch is not legible. Though most sports watches have high contrast displays and big numerals, it is important that you pay attention to the watch’s legibility before making a purchase.
  • Consider the watch’s battery life – Sports watches come with either rechargeable or replaceable batteries. On the other hand, there are good watch batteries that are rechargeable but also replaceable in case they lose their ability to hold power. So, choose your sports watch battery depending on your own preference.
  • Find a watch that has important features for your sporty life – A heart-rate monitor, activity tracker, GPS tracking features, and speed and distance features are just but a few of the most important features to look out for when shopping for a sports watch.

For example, the heart rate monitor is important because it helps you know how effective your sessions are while the speed and distance monitors will tell you how long your activity has lasted in terms of distance and speed.

  • Last of all, find a watch that fits your budget – One of the biggest mistakes that we all make when we go shopping is failing for stick to our budgets. Therefore, when shopping for a sports watch, have a budget and stick to it. This way, you will have a certain range and you will have an easy time choosing watches that fit your budget.

With that said, be sure to do your research, check for variety of offers on different watches, consult different suppliers, and find a sports watch that meets your needs.

November 28, 2017 — Greg Minassian