If you’re going to splurge on a great GPS watch for running, then you might as well make the most of it! Just like when you get a new phone, there’s a little bit of clicking around needed to find all the shortcuts and hidden tricks.
These 10 GPS watch tips and tricks will make your running all the sweeter!
1) Improved Calorie Tracking
A wrist based heart rate monitor for a fitness tracker will give you a more accurate calorie burn throughout the day and better sleep based data as well because it can continually monitor. You’ll also get a better calorie burn for your workouts with any GPS watch that connect to heart rate.
2) Wet Your Strap
If you are using a chest strap for HR, wet the sensors first to get a better reading (yup your saliva is just fine). The wet electrodes will get a better signal when in contact with your skin.
3) Shade Your Wrist
Provide shade to your wrist based HR or ensure it’s super snug on your wrist so that light doesn’t interrupt the reading. The light-absorbing property of hemoglobin is used in the measurement of heart rate. Light from a green LED on the underside of the monitor is shone on blood vessels just under the skin. The light that is not absorbed but reflected back is captured by a photodetector.
4) Clean Your Watch Strap
If you’ve ever noticed that little build up on your strap of grayish gunk…it’s your skin and sweat…ew. Clean your sweaty watch strap – bowl of water with a little dish soap (or hand soap) then dip the strap in to it and rub with your fingers, allow to air dry
5) Clean Your Watch Face
Ever feel like your watch face looks a little cloudy, it’s likely the sweat or just life and needs to be wiped clean. The best option is to use the cloth that comes with your sunglasses or glasses to eliminate all streaks.
6) Clean Your Charging contacts
One last area that needs to be cleaned, the charging contacts on the back of the watch. These metal discs can get caked in sweat as well, which will overtime prevent a good connection with the charger and slow down or prevent charging. You can also use a little soap and water if very careful or use a pink pencil eraser.How many of these GPS watch tips and tricks did you know?! #running Click To Tweet
7) Create a Household Station
Tired of grabbing your GPS watch only too find it low on storage or low on battery? Plug your phone in to the same place you recharge your watch, this provides the perfect time to open your fitness app and sync your data without waiting around.
8) Track Shoe Mileage
While you’re in that same household station and loading your data, take 30 seconds to track your running shoe mileage! I often go by feel to determine it’s time for new shoes, but realistically that feel is tired dead legs. I could prevent that by staying on top of the miles for each pair of shoes.
The Epson Prosense 307 syncs to Strava, RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal or Training Peaks, so login, upload your workout and then note which shoe you were wearing! Depending on the app it make keep a running total for you and provide a warning when you’ve hit a determined number of miles.
9) Lock Your Watch
AS I’ve learned the very hard way, if you’re packing your GPS watch to travel (say to that epic race), you need to lock it down or shut it off. Otherwise it gets pushed around in your bag and you arrive to find a dead watch. On the Epson you hold the up arrow for 2 seconds, on others you often hold a couple buttons at a time, check your user manual (or Google it).
10) Customize Your Screens
Not every watch will have this, so let me just say if yours doesn’t… you are so missing out. One of my favorite things about my Epson Prosense 307 is that I can customize not only the daily screens, but the screens for every single workout. This is available on many newer model watches, but often goes unused.
This ensures that when I’m training by HR, I can see my HR as the main feature while above it I see total time running and at the bottom total distance.
Epson 307 Review
Many of you know this is the watch I’ve been wearing non-stop since I received it. First you can see a full review, but more importantly if you’re looking for a great watch it’s currently on sale through Christmas on Amazon OR you can find it on sale with free shipping on Epson with code BROOKS17.
Any other tricks you’ve found to help people make the most of their GPS Watch?
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