PLOT THE FAST ROUTE TO FITNESS
Explore our edit of the best GPS watches to give your cardio a big push in the right direction
For fun-runners and those targeting 10,000 steps, run- of-the-mill fitness trackers may suffice. But true cardioheads need a little more to work with. While your gym pursuits offer a range of crunchable numbers (sets, reps, rest, kilos), running has often been constricted to the simple measures of distance and time. Now big data has arrived. It’s time to catch up.
GPS watches track your exact route with pinpoint accuracy, measuring hills climbed and heart-rate zones worked in. They can also calibrate your readings depending on your preferred mode of training, be that bipedal, two-wheeled or even aquatic. You’ll be literally swimming in information. And when it comes to shaving seconds – or minutes – from your long-distance PBS, knowledge really is power.
This month the Men’s Health Lab experts took the best GPS watches to the trails. Thankfully, no lab rats got lost during testing (that would have been ironic) and now they’re back to dish the dirt on the top-end tech setting your course for elite endurance. We’d advise stocking up on energy gels...