As I’ve written about before, I’m a huge fan of GPS watch technology. Having a GPS navigation system strapped to your wrist is something straight out of a science fiction movie from the 80s.
Especially for avid runners, walkers, hikers, and even golfers: having a GPS watch is a really helpful technological aid that can actually encourage you to work harder at whatever activity you do on a regular basis.
There’s something about metrics that drives us to improve. If I go out for a run, and set a vague goal like “run for 30 minutes a day”, then during that half hour I could run anywhere between 3 and 5 miles, depending on how hard I am trying. (5 miles is cooking, I know! Haven’t done that in a while).
However, if I use a GPS navigation system strapped to my wrist, that counts my steps, mileage, elevation gain, heart rate, route, and comparison to my last personal record then I know what target(s) I need to meet or beat in order to improve.
That’s why I think purchasing a GPS watch is worth it.
GPS Navigation System for Your Wrist That I Recommend:
I recommend this watch first because of its affordability as a certified refurbished product. It has all of the features you’d want in a GPS watch, and has a really sleek and high-tech looking design. I can’t recommend it enough (it’s what I use).
If you’re willing to spend more, the Garmin Forerunner 230 is the best GPS watch out there. With its large screen, long battery life, Smart notifications, and nuanced activity tracking, this watch is a data-junkie’s dream.
The Vivofit has the slickest looking design of all of the Garmin GPS watches I’ve seen, with many of the same great features. The screen size is smaller, but a smaller footprint is what some runners prefer with a watch. It has one year of battery life before it needs to be recharged! Also, it has innovative new features such as Auto Sync with the associated smart phone app so that you can focus on running as your data is always updated wherever you view it.