First published: 06-07-2015

I'm interested in a... sports watch

Article date: Tue 27th January 2015 03:32 PM
I'm interested in a... sports watch
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For the woman who likes to keep fit, a good quality sports watch can be the perfect addition to her workout regime. Whether it's swimming, climbing or jogging, these are the perfect watches to enhance exercise and hopefully help improve performance.

There are lots of different gadgets and features available, so it is important to know exactly what you are looking for in a sports watch. Do you need something streamlined and lightweight or chunky and easily visible in reduced light? Is water resistance an essential, or are you after a heart rate monitor? Many of these decisions will be made by which sport you do, so consider the features that would make your exercise easier, and there will be a watch that can offer them.


Styles

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Some sports watches are specifically made with women in mind, but this doesn't mean that pink is your only option. There are lots of designs available that are ?made for ladies', but by no means ?girly'. Instead, they are brilliantly-functioning watches that suit a sporty environment. Take this Kahuna model for example; it is water-resistant up to 100 metres, so perfect for swimming, and the big-print, digital watch face makes it really easy to read even when you're powering through the water.







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Alternatively, if pretty and pink is what you're after, there are loads of models that combine functionality with femininity. This watch from Timex Performance has a chronograph feature, as well as a memory capacity for 250 laps, and a sleek, pink design that is both streamlined and fashionable.

Whichever approach you prefer, sports watches come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so you'll be able to pick something that suits you perfectly.








Watches for every sport

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A watch for swimming will have a different set of capabilities to one for interval training, for instance. It is important to know what your sport requires from your watch, so you can look specifically for one that satisfies all your needs.








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If you're a keen runner, this Garmin model might be ideal. It has a heart rate monitor, and can track roughly how many calories you have burned during your workout. It also acts as a stopwatch, so you know exactly how long you've been on the move. It is lightweight too, which means it will have little to no impact on your ability to run.








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For swimming, water resistance is vital, as well as a clear screen and a secure fastening. This Casio Baby-G model is water-resistant up to 200 metres, making it suitable for diving as well as swimming. It has a substantial memory capacity, as well as a backlight to make it extra-visible in the water.










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If you're after the technical specifics of the water, perhaps for surfing, then a watch like this Nixon model will be ideal. This watch has a wave counter, and also provides plenty of information about the tides. It comes with an in-built chronograph and countdown timer too, and with a water resistance up to 100 metres, it is ideal when in the sea or on dry land.










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If you're looking to boost your fitness, rather than engage in any particular sport, then it might be an idea to invest in an activity tracker watch, like this one from Polar. By connecting it to your smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth, this watch measures your daily activity, whether you're having a particularly active day or just relaxing, and calculates what work you have to do to achieve a daily fitness goal. It will even suggest what kinds of activities will help you, as well as the basic timepiece functionality of telling you the time.







For a real all-rounder of a sports watch, look no further than this Suunto model. It acts as an aid to all your fitness and sport activities, with a huge range of features aimed at improving your performance. With route planners, calorie counter, heart monitor, water resistance up to 50 metres, and a large memory capacity, this watch really does it all!

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If you are looking for a watch to suit your active lifestyle, there are so many options to choose from. Finding one to suit your needs couldn't be easier, whether you're looking to spend a little or a lot. Bear in mind what you want from your watch, and there will be the perfect model available to help you improve your workout regime.

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