Whether you’re training for a specific race or just looking to be more active in general, a fitness watch can help you more closely monitor your activity and training. Track your heart rate, map routes, and even receive smart phone alerts on some of these devices. Here are our top fitness watch picks.
SUUNTO SPARTAN ULTRA
Whether you run, climb, cycle, swim, or adventure race, this watch can do it all. It can track over 80 types of activities, is waterproof up to 300 feet, and has both GPS and a barometric altitude meter, so you can track how much you climb. It also comes with a heart rate chest monitor so you can keep an eye on calories burned and recovery time.
Material: stainless steel, polyamide, silicone
Key Features: color touch screen, route navigation, 26 hours of battery life, digital compass, barometric altitude, 100m water
G-SHOCK GG1000 MUDMASTER
If you’re the mud running, obstacle course type, this wristwatch was made for you. It’s both mud and shock resistant, so it can withstand any obstacle in comes in contact with…literally. The large face allows you not only to see the time, but also what direction you’re headed and the temperature. Plus, it’s 200-meters water resistant, too.
Material: urethane band, resin
Key Features: mud-resistant, digital compass, 200m water resistant, 31 time zones, countdown timer, shock resistant
TOMTOM SPARK 3 CARDIO+ MUSIC
Love listening to music when you run or cycle, but hate having to carry your phone along with you? This watch eliminates that issue as it can store up to 500 songs directly on the device. And it comes with Bluetooth headphones that connect wirelessly. Use the watch to your heart rate and calories burned while you workout, too, thanks to the built-in heart rate monitor.
Key Features: activity tracking, GPS, built-in heart rate monitor, music storage, multisport mode
APPLE WATCH NIKE+
You may be familiar with the Apple watch (and it’s capabilities), but the company paired up with Nike to create a more sports-specific option. The main difference? The watch featured the Nike+ Run Club app, which not only tracks runs but also provides coaching, reminders based on friends’ activity or weather (i.e., 5 miles to catch Mike, or It’s 70 degrees—time to run!), and a run scheduler to help keep you active.
Key Features: GPS, bright display, water resistance 50 meters, smartphone alerts, built-in heart rate, camera, music
Sync this wristwatch with Polar Flow (the company’s free app or online web service) to use the running program feature, which allows you to choose whether you’re training for a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon. You’ll get a customized training plan on your wrist, tailored to your level and goal. The watch also tracks daily activity, and can be paired with your phone to receive alerts for incoming calls, messages, evens, and even social media notifications. The built-in GPS and heart rate sensor allow you to analyze your metrics closely. Plus, it tracks sleep, too.
Key Features: wrist-based heart rate, all-day tracking, GPS, smart coaching, running program, sleep tracking, water resistant.