Calling all runners: You need TomTom's latest sports watch
Run forrest, run
I'm not the biggest fan of running. For starters, it hurts, a lot. Secondly, it is a high-intensity workout that demands your entire body to be put to work. There are no shortcuts. But as much as I can list a million reasons to not go running, I can't deny how it's the fastest and easiest way to get your daily workout clocked in; at least for the working professional. Unlike time-consuming yoga — or a fitness class loaded with tricky dance moves — all you need to do is run from point A to point B. Simple and snappy.
But how can we turn that 20 minute workout into less of a suffocating chore? Arm yourself with a trusty fitness watch. After all, running can be a lonely affair and sometimes all you need is a companion to spur you on that extra mile. Enter: TomTom Runner 3 Cardio+Music. Like every other fitness watch in the market, it fulfils the requisites of tracking your cardio workouts (be it running, swimming or cycling) in real time, spitting out information such as time spent exercising, distance covered, speed, pace and calories burnt. But what really sets this watch apart is its integrated navigation capabilities.
Equipped with a feature called, 'Route Exploration', the Tom Tom Runner 3 Cardio+Music has an in-built GPS system that navigates you to your destination, as well as showing you how to get back to the start (important!). Runners can also head to the TomTom website to upload new unexplored routes onto their watch; making the act of running more exciting through the added allure of exploration. After all, as we all know, a change of enviroment does amazing things for the stamina. And for runners with absolutely no sense of direction (i.e. yours truly), this feature is a major bonus.
The watch also features a heart rate monitor and comes with 3GB of storage (equivalent to 500 songs) so you can hit the road to the sound of Calvin Harris blasting in your eardrums. But, make no mistake, the TomTom Runner 3 Cardio+Music isn't a smartwatch. Unlike what you might expect, it doesn't come with a touchscreen interface that alerts you whenever you receive a text message. Instead, the watch case has functional buttons for the user's navigation while its sturdy waterproof exterior is what you would expect from a sports watch; robust and practical.
At the end of the day, running still hurts. The TomTom Runner 3 Cardio+Music isn't a miracle-worker. It doesn't ease the post-workout aches nor help you find a shortcut. But what it does offer is encouraging insights into your progress, whilst turning that five kilometre from just another fitness routine into a promising adventure.