With so many running applications on the market today, it can be difficult to find the gadgets that are the most useful out of these different options. I decided to give the Garmin Forerunner 610 a try, because it combines all of the applications that you might find in a regular touch screen and puts them on a watch. Not only does it have just about every single feature that you could ask for in a running application, but it also gives you the option of a Connect service, which allows you to take your workouts to a social level. You can monitor your heart rate, speed, pace, calories burned, and location.
During the initial setup, you can also enter in your sex, age, height, and weight. With this personalized information, the watch is better able to determine just how many calories that you are burning during your workouts, so that you will have a customized running application. The problem with some other types of fitness watches or applications of this nature is that they don't take this personalized information into account, and end up giving you a very generalized idea of the calories burned. You can put this information into the Garmin Forerunner 610 either during the launch or through accessing the settings menu.
To start any new workout, you can hit the start/stop button or the reset button if you have already turned your watch on. It's possible to track the workout from this point by logging laps, either based on position or distance. You can also track your workout accurately because there is a feature that allows you to stop your calculations whenever you pause, so if you're running in the city, you can stop at traffic lights and still keep your statistics accurate. There is a training feature which can allow you to switch between running and cycling, and decide how many stats you want displayed on the screen.
If you are going to be running in any new locations, the Garmin ForeRunner 610 has GPS positioning to track your whereabouts so that you don't get lost out on the trail. You can then go ahead and store locations based on this GPS signal. Other features include the ability to run with a Virtual partner, sharing your stats with others, or competing in a Virtual race with other users who have logged into their workout as well. These social features can make running more fun, motivating users to get out there and share their stats.
Reviews of this fitness application watch have been overwhelmingly positive, due to the sleek design and all-encompassing features that it offers. While you may have access to certain fitness features on other personal computers or smart phones, it's convenient to have a touch screen that is attached to your wrist. The design is streamlined, with many users commenting on how easy to use and navigate it is, and the social features make it easy to connect to other runners.