Why do you need to buy a running watch?
If you are willing to bring your smartphone during morning runs, there are tons of running apps that can deliver 90% of the features you would get on many GPS running timepieces, free of charge. You should really think about it, before spending hundreds of dollars. What these reliable apps won’t accomplish is to provide you with real-time information. Having a smartphone is really not as useful than having all the details available with a simple glance on your wrist.
How much are you willing to spend?
Running watches cost around $60 to $500. Some brands are even more expensive than that. Make sure that the watch you will get has all the features you would need. If you are a beginner, you may settle with a simple one that covers the basics, like tracking the distance, pacing, GPS and calories.
Which features do you need?
1. Heart rate monitoring
A simple casual watch from Malaysia wouldn’t be able to monitor your heart rate. If you are really serious with your fitness training sessions, choose a running watch that can accurately track your heart rate.
2. Pairing with third-party apps
Watches measure distance in many ways. There are timepieces with built-in GPS or built-in accelerometer. Consider those that include a built-in GPS, in addition to accelerometers. It can be utilized to measure gaps in GPS information.
4. Heart rate zone training
Very few running watches offer this option. This is an awkward truth we all face. No matter how advanced your running watch is, you still need your phone for some motivational beats.