Shopping for Fitness & GPS Watches

Maybe you're just getting started on your fitness journey. Maybe you're looking for that extra edge to take your training to the next level. Whatever your fitness or activity level, a fitness or GPS watch is the ideal tool to help you keep your goals in sight for more focused exercise and better performance. A sports watch combines a range of features to help you measure and monitor your stats as you train, so you can tailor your workouts and review your progress. GPS watches take things a step further and help you map your workouts to keep you on track even when you're going so hard you can barely remember what day it is. With a GPS watch, you can map out your routes ahead of time, or download your data later to chart out exactly how far, or high, you went. Whatever level of fitness watch is right for you, Best Buy has a wide selection to meet any training need or budget.

Fitness Watch Considerations

Before you strap on the latest Fitbit, Garmin, or other state-of-the-art activity tracker and head out the door for a workout, it's important to think about the kinds of activities you do so you can better gauge what you need in a fitness watch. Some GPS watches have a touch screen with a keypad lock for easy use while moving that will also keep you from inadvertently changing your settings. If you plan on taking your sports watch on rugged epics, make sure to find a model that's water resistant and dust resistant. For those who find themselves really far afield, a smartwatch with a built-in altimeter or compass can be a lifesaver, literally. Uploadable maps and integrated base maps can also help when your adventures take you into unfamiliar territory.

Is your workout partner a four legged friend? If so, you can even track Fido’s stats with a GPS pet tracker. And for those whose intense workouts leave them shaking with adrenaline, voice-activated smartwatches with voice prompts are almost a necessity. If your smartphone shoulders the burden of much of your fitness functionality, you'll want a fitness watch with smartphone compatibility. Many fitness watches can work across cell phone operating systems, but it doesn’t hurt to verify if the fitness watch you have your eye on will work with your specific smartphone.