Sports Watches Review

How to Choose an Activity Tracker

Activity trackers is made to be much smarter and accurate than your old-school pedometers.  After reading this article, you should understand what features are offered and what they do to make an informed purchase to help you meet your activity goal.watchesThese little devices tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed, like most advanced pedometers, but come nightfall, it also measures your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better (how many times you wake up and how long did you sleep), and wakes you in the morning. What makes it smart because you can seamlessly sync your data to your online profile to visually see your real-time progress. Activity trackers are also good for hiking, walking, playing sports and running plus your daily activities in general.  If you are serious about losing weight and getting fit, you definitely need one of these!  Becoming active works for so many different health problems:  Its cuts heart disease rates in half, lower the risk of diabetes by 58%, reduce anxiety and depression by 30-50% and significantly lower obesity in children and adults.So what do you want to look for when you shop for one of these fitness gadgets? Activity trackers can range any where from $69 to upwards of $200 retail. Your price point will vary based on the features and maybe even the application or software used to monitor your routine.  Most brands include a free application for you to sync, store and analyze your data, with the exception of BodyMedia (more information below).  You have to ask yourself, (1) what are you looking to track (steps, distance, calories, sleeping activity, meals) and (2) how easy it for you to interpret the data from your tracker to meet your goal. To help you with these two points, here is a list of features for activity trackers.

  • Tracks steps, distance and calories
  • Quality of Sleep
  • Meal Log
  • Sync
  • Water Resistant
  • Temperature sensors

Activity Tracker Review & Comparison: Guide by Features

The Activity trackers below all have Windows and Mac compatible with no heart rate monitor and uses 3-axis accelerometer to measure your activity.  Since most of them are meant to be worn on your wrist or belt, activity trackers are very accurate for walking and running activities, but less so for other sports.  Here are the top fitness monitors.  Please feel free to comment if you have any questions.

Choosing a Speed & Distance Watch

Speed and Distance watches are basically what it sounds like, watches that can measure your speed and distance.  gps-watchThese type of monitors can help determine how far you’ve have been running, swimming or even cycling and at what speed using (1) GPS or (2) an accelerometer.  These multi-functional watches has many other key features such as measuring your heart rates, bicycling accessories to track your cadence, altitude tracking, water resistance; making it a great device for the multi-sport enthusiast.

After reading this post, you should understand all the features of a simple to advance speed and distance watch and basic uses to make an informed decision.  If not, let me know and I’ll be sure to include it.

Key Speed and Distance Watch Features

GPS vs. Accelerometer

Using GPS

GPS (or global positioning system) receiver is used to locate satellites in orbit to deduce your position and speed, a mathematical principle called trilateration. This method is highly precise and does not require any type of calibration to your watch.  One downside to GPS training watches is that it requires a clear line of vision to the sky.  Did you ever notice your car GPS or your Sirius satellite radio zones out when you drive into the tunnel, bridge or in big cities?

Using Accelerometer

The other method used to measure your speed and distance is an accelerometer watch.   There is definitely some science to this, but to keep it simple, its a device that will measure acceleration forces. These forces may be static, like the constant force of gravity pulling at your feet, or they could be dynamic – caused by moving or vibrating the accelerometer.  This technology can be found on your iPhones and Wii joysticks.

For more information on compass and altimeter features, check out my post on Altimeter watches.

Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker

Retail Price: $99.95
Size: 1.89×0.76×0.38 inches
Weight: 0.28 oz.
What in the box? The Fitbit activity tracker, clip, wireless sync dongle, sleep wristband, and charging cable.
Features: Steps taken, Calories burn, Distance traveled, Stairs climbed, Hours slept, Quality of Sleep, Sync and Time
You can check your tracking information on the device in real time and easily brag about it by uploading your workout. You can wear it on your belt, bra, pocket and your wrist when you sleep. Some folks complain about losing it since its a clip on, what can I say, be more careful. The display’s much brighter than the previous Ultra, the button is more responsive and the technology behind the Fitbit, its interface, is much better now. Is allows you to sync your device if you are within 10-15 feet away. The sleep tracker monitors your sleeping patterns. You can track your sleeping patterns and see that you might wake up more during the weekdays then on weekends. It tracks your steps very accurately, but does not count activites such as the use of an elliptical machine, Pilates, weight lifting as accurate. Fitbit calorie calculations that are based on activity level (as measured by accelerometer) and duration.

Calories count include resting calories and calories from activities
Activity stats automatically resets at midnight
Silent alarms
2 hour to charge and lasts for 5-7 days
Free iPhone and Android app, syncing to your computer automatically
Lefty mode, the display will orient itself for left handed folks
It tracks up to seven days of detailed, minute-by-minute data.
They have a great free online dashboard gives you a daily snap shot and cumulative progress. You can log your food consumption, workouts and weight.
Awards you with badges to give your praise to help motivate you to reach your next level with the ability for you to compete with your friends.
Integrates well with other apps, such as Endomondo, Run Keeper and Map My Fitness.
Water Resistant, not water proof (no swimming).

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2014 6 Best Running Watches for Runners

2014 6 Best Running Watches for Runners

Here’s a list of the best 6 watches for running to track your next race, whether its a 5K or an marathon. Unlike all the other review sites who lists multi-functional watches, these are the top ranked running watches reviewed by runners. Good luck!

Garmin Forerunner 620 – Black/Blue Bundle (Includes Heart Rate Monitor)
Average Rating:
253 total customer reviews…
Advanced GPS running watch with a high-resolution color display and comfortable, lightweight design
Built-in accelerometer tracks distance and pace when indoors
Connected features2 include automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking and social media sharing so you can promote your achievements to your friends
When paired with a heart rate monitor, Forerunner 620 can help gauge your fitness level through advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimate
When paired with the HRM-Run monitor1, the Forerunner 620 provides feedback on running form by measuring cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time.

Garmin Forerunner 610 Touchscreen GPS Watch With Heart Rate Monitor
Average Rating:
546 total customer reviews…

  • Weather-resistant, GPS-enabled training watch supports customizable data screens and advanced training plans
  • Touchscreen interface for quickly and easily toggling data fields, adjusting settings, reviewing run history, and more
  • Virtual Partner and Virtual Racer help you plan workouts and reach goals; Training Effect measures impact on aerobic fitness
  • Customizable vibration alerts for time, distance, calories, heart rate, or cadence; heart rate zone training with included monitor
  • USB stick for wireless uploading of run data to Garmin Connect–map your activity, view lap splits, and explore activities from other users

The Most Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Make no bones (or muscles or tendons) about it: Start running, and there’s a good chance injury may follow. Some estimate that nearly 80 percent of runners are injured each year. (They don’t tell you that before joining the track team.) Most injuries are caused by overuse — applying repeated force over a prolonged period of time. Sudden changes in training volume, whether a newbie or a vet, can also do some damage. Here are 12 of the most common ailmentsthat plague those who hit the pavement, along with a few ways to stop the pain.

RUNNING RAGGED — THE NEED-TO-KNOW

  • Runner’s knee. Experiencing a tender pain around or behind the patella (or kneecap) is a sure sign of patellofemoral pain syndrome, a fancy term for runner’s knee. (And yep, this ailment is so common among runners it was named after them.)Find relief: The repetitive force of pounding on the pavement, downhill running,muscle imbalances, and weak hips can put extra stress on the patella, so stick to flat or uphill terrain,and opt for softer running surfaces when or wherever possible. To treat the pain, some experts suggest knee taping and/or braces, anti-inflammatory medications, and cutting back on the mileage [1].
  • Achilles tendinitis. The swelling of the Achilles, the tissues that connect the heel to lower-leg muscles, can be the result of many finicky factors: rapid mileage increase, improper footwear, tight calf muscles, or even having a naturally flat foot [2].Prevent the pain: To help sidestep this pesky pain, make sure to always stretch the calf muscles post-workout, and wear supportive shoes. Also, chill out on all the hill climbing, which puts extra stress on tendons. Anti-inflammatories, stretching, and the ol’ R.I.C.E strategy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) are the best ways to get back on the path to recovery.
  • Plantar fasciitis. This tricky-to-pronounce pain is due to the inflammation, irritation, or tearing of the plantar fascia — tissue on the bottom of the foot [3]. Just some of the causes include excess pounding on the roads or strapping on unsupportive footwear (read: flip-flops) to go the distance The result: extreme stiffness, or a stabbing pain in the arch of the foot (sounds like fun right?).Soothe the sole: Wearing shoes with extra cushion, stretching and rolling a tennis ball over the heel, and getting ample rest can help dull the pain. If the problem persists, doctors recommend wearing custom-made orthotics, a night splint, or in some cases getting a steroid shot into the heel (ouch!) to speed up recovery and keep on keepin’ on.
  • Shin splints. If you’re a runner who’s never experienced that aching, stabbing sensation in the shin, please tell us your secret! Among the most nagging of injuries, shin splints occur when the muscles and tendons covering the shinbone become inflamed.
  • Stop the stabbing: Try icing the shins for 15-20 minutes and keeping them elevated at night to reduce swelling. Prevention is a liiiittle trickier, but some researchers find shock-absorbing insoles that support the arch may help [4]. Also make sure those sneaks are the right fit for the foot, and stick to running on softer grounds whenever possible. Avoid hills, too, which put extra force on the shin’s tibialis muscle.
  • Iliotibial band syndrome. Distance runners take note: This injury is not your friend. ITBS triggers pain on the outside of the knee, due to the inflammation of the Iliotibial band, a thick tendon that stretches from the pelvic pone down the tibia (the bone that runs down the thigh). Common culprits include increased mileage (half-marathon training, anyone?), downhill running, or weak hips [5].
  • Ease the ache: Give those muscles some love. Specific stretches, along with foam rolling, may decrease inflammation and help reduce pain.
  • Stress fracture. Non-contact sports can have some bone breaks, too. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone caused by repeatedly pounding greater amounts of force than the leg bones can bear.
    Find time to chill: Taking some time off is a must and usually involves some crutches with a side of physical therapy. And in some cases, an x-ray may reveal it’s time to go under the knife (yikes!). To avoid the sidelines, make cross-training your BFF to avoid overuse, wear proper shoes, and get enough calcium to keep bones strong.
  • Patellar tendinitis. It’s often referred to as “jumper’s knee,” but this is one injury that’s just as common among distance runners [6]. Patellar tendinitis strikes when overuse (sensing a pattern here?) leads to tiny tears in the patellar tendon (the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone). Overpronation, over-training, and too many hill repeats are likely causes.
    Tenderize it: To reduce the risk of patellar tendinitis, strengthen the hamstrings and quads (at the gym or at home!), and ice the knee at the onset of pain. Doctors also recommend physical therapy to help soothe and strengthen the tendon.
  • Ankle sprain. A sprain occurs when the ankle rolls in or outward, stretching the ligament (and causing some serious pain). Curbs, potholes, tree branches (or just an unfortunate landing) can be just a few of the unfortunate culprits.
    Straighten Out: Recovery may be a little shaky at first, but many experts suggest doing balance exercises (like single-legged squats) to strengthen the muscles around the ankle [7]. Stick to some solid rest after the sprain occurs; how long depends on the sprain’s severity, so see a doc for a more specific game plan. They might also recommend an ankle brace or air cast, and taping it up when you’re ready to get back out there to prevent re-twisting.
  • Pulled muscles. When a muscle is overstretched, fibers and tendons can tear and cause a pulled muscle. (The calf and hamstring are common muscle pulls among runners! [8]). Overuse, inflexibility, and forgetting to warm-up are a few possible causes.
    Prevent the pull: A proper warm-up, cool-down, and dynamic stretching pre-workout is the best way to avoid a pesky pull. While the pain persists, lay off (up to five days!), and stick to gentle stretching and icing the muscle.
  • Blisters. More annoying than a younger brother, blisters can pop up when we least expect it. As the heel rubs against the shoe, the top layer of skin can tear, leaving a bubble between the layers of skin.
    Stop it or pop it: The best way to beat ‘em is prevention: Make sure the shoe (literally) fits, and wear a good pair of synthetic socks [9]. If a blister still appears, cover it up with special Band-Aids, moleskins, or gels.
  • Chafing. For most, there’s no escaping it. When skin rubs against skin (we’re looking at you, thighs), the skin can become angry and irritated.
    Stop the sting: Avoid those short-shorts and throw on a pair of longer running shorts or capris to avoid that skin-on-skin action. When in doubt, there are also products like body-glide to keep things moving.
  • Side stitch. Ever get that awful pain on the side of the stomach? Formally called exercise-related transient abdominal pain (ETAP), side stitches can really creep up — affecting nearly 70 percent of runners. Many experts believe the pain is caused by the diaphragm beginning to spasm from being overworked and suggest poor running posture could be to blame.
    Nix the stitch: Remember to stand up straight to help prevent a stitch. If it strikes, try bending forward and tightening the core, or breathing with pursed lips to help ease pain [10] [11].

JUST BEAT IT — YOUR ACTION PLAN

Still hell-bent on racking up the miles? (Yeah, most runners are.) Remember there’s a fine line between pushing through and pushing your luck — and only you (and your doctor) will know what’s best when the running gets rough. To minimize the aches and pains, though, consider these general tips to help stay on the safe side:

  • Stick to the 10 percent rule. Don’t increase mileage by more than 10 percent each week. Upping those miles unexpectedly is a major reason overuse injuries occur!
  • Warm up and cool down. Heading for an intense run? Remember to warm up and cool down to ease the body in and out of a workout. This will help keep injuries at bay [12].
  • Fix your form. Smooth and efficient is the key. Not only will poor form hinder performance, it could lead to unnecessary pain. So make sure to use correct running technique to prevent injuries, especially shin splints and back aches. Imbalances in the body can also lead to problems down the road, and it never hurts to visit a skilled physical therapist who can help identify and address any biomechanical issues.
  • Replace the sneaks. Keep track of how many miles those shoes have logged, and replace them every 600 miles — if not sooner! It’s also worth swinging by a specialty running shoe store, where they can help you figure out which shoe is the perfect fit.
  • Keep it even. Avoid running on uneven surfaces that put unnecessary stress on ligaments. And while off-roading is a fun change of pace, rough terrain may make it easier to twist an ankle — so be extra careful on the trails.
  • Strength train. Don’t disregard those dumbbells, even if running’s your main gig. Lifting can increase structural fitness — which helps bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles endure all that pounding. Pay special attention tostrengthening hips, too, since weak hips are linked to higher rates of injury [13].
  • Know your limit. Shocker: Overtraining can cause overuse injuries. Make sure to take at least one day off per week, and mix up those fartleks and hill-repeats with some easier recovery runs. Don’t forget to pencil in regular rest days, too. You (and your body) deserve it!
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Địa chỉ bán thiết bị giám sát hành trình ô tô giá rẻ

Bán thiết bị giám sát hành trình ô tô

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