Every year a new lot of stylish, power-packed and feature-dense fitness trackers are launched with the promise to help transform your life into a more active and healthier one. However, not all of them can keep up with the needs of a runner’s lifestyle. Most fitness trackers count steps, measure distance and record sleeping patterns but a runner needs a lot more than that from a device that will help them get marathon-ready.
For such running needs, there is a special class of fitness trackers that offer a bunch of essential features. Here’s what a runner should be looking for in a fitness tracker that will help you get through all those miles.
A tracker that supports GPS helps record your route so you can analyse your pace, cadence and elevation. Such GPS trackers use global position technology to gain data. Many of the newer devices such as the Apple Watch 3 are designed with built-in GPS and GLONASS (the Russian version of GPS) to give you accurate results. You can use these findings to optimise your training.
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Monitoring heart-rate might not be a much-needed feature for an everyday fitness tracker but it is an absolute necessity if you’re a runner. Trackers like the Fitbit Surge or the Garmin Vivofit 3 or the Fitbit Alta HR, which come with in-built heart-rate monitors, are very accurate and can be used for heart-rate training when you’re preparing for an intensive marathon. Being able to track your pulse better allows for better planned training that helps boost your speed, stamina and endurance.
Whether you’re practising for a full or half marathon, you need to be assured that your fitness tracker doesn’t give up on you. Therefore, it is essential to pick a device with good battery life. For instance, the Fitbit Charge 2 and the Garmin Vivosmart 3 have a long battery life of up to five days on one charge. Also keep in mind that the more the features, the faster is the battery drain . If you have GPS-enabled or constant heart-rate monitoring on, the battery life will differ dramatically. So, go for a tracker with good battery life to begin with.
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Fitness trackers like the TomTom Adventurer, Garmin Vivosmart 3 and the Fitbit Charge 2 are water, splash and sweat resistant. While waterproofing might not be the top necessity for a runner, it really helps tackle a sudden downpour or splash. The sweat-resistant feature helps keep your tracker dry and your wrist comfortable when you’re running.
If you’re preparing for the upcoming Mumbai Marathon later this month, here are a few good fitness bands for runners to choose from.
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