SIX WAYS TO TRAIN SMARTER WITH GPS SPORTSWATCHES

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01 GOOD FORM

Good tech­nique will help avoid in­jury and make you a more ef­fi­cient run­ner. Get to know the Garmin’s run­ning dy­nam­ics – or at least start with try­ing to get a ca­dence of around 180 on any sports watch that of­fers it. This means 180 steps per minute, and is the av­er­age rate of elite run­ners.

02 PEAK­ING TOO SOON?

The Garmin’s Train­ing Sta­tus fea­ture is a mon­i­tor­ing tool that au­to­mat­i­cally eval­u­ates your re­cent ex­er­cise his­tory and per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors to let you know if you’re train­ing pro­duc­tively, peak­ing or over­reach­ing. Lis­ten to it! Overex­ert­ing or train­ing when you’re weak helps no one.

03 SLEEPY TIME

The world record-break­ing Kenyans se­ri­ously value their shut-eye time and so should you, es­pe­cially af­ter big­ger work­outs. Use sleep track­ing fea­tures to check you’re get­ting enough high-qual­ity kip. If not, you can make ad­just­ments to your tim­ing, diet or other lifestyle fac­tors and see whether they help.

04 DIARISE

The sim­ple act of keep­ing a train­ing di­ary – which all these watches do au­to­mat­i­cally via their apps (in the built-in Health and Ac­tiv­ity apps in the case of the Ap­ple Watch) – is a hugely use­ful re­source. And it makes you more likely to stick with your train­ing.

05 RE­COV­ERY

The var­i­ous re­cov­ery time fea­tures are a great as­set, hope­fully help­ing ward off in­jury and over­train­ing. HR data can in­di­cate fa­tigue too, so keep an eye on un­usu­ally high rates.

06 STAY SO­CIAL

Though not ev­ery run should be fast, use so­cial me­dia and es­pe­cially apps such as Strava for friendly com­pe­ti­tion. The Fitbit and Ap­ple Ac­tiv­ity apps have built-in ways to share and chal­lenge friends, too.

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