I have never been much of a digital sports watch guy, mainly because they just didn’t seem to hold up to my lifestyle. Either the watch itself would stop working from constantly getting hit on things or the strap would break. The information they provided just wasn’t that important to me to keep replacing them.
I am fairly active and exercise regularly to maintain my ATV fitness. At my age exercise is important especially cardio exercise. To monitor my heart rate I was carrying an old wrist watch in my pocket and stopping occasionally to check my pulse.
When trail running I don’t like to stop so I started looking at heart rate monitors and realized there are several digital sports watches with this capability and more. Plus these new “sports” watches are much more durable then the watches I remember.
Digital Sports Watches Have Multiple Features
I quickly realized that these digital sports watches would be great on ATV camping trips because of their navigational capabilities. Most have digital compasses, altimeters and some even have barometers for forecasting the weather.
For trail running these digital watches can measure speed and distance. They can even calculate the calories you are burning something I always had to do by hand and hated it. Now with my new watch I don’t have to stop running to check my heart rate and it is much easier to maintain my heart rate in my target zone.
I also have much more information than I ever had before enabling me to increase my running distance in a more manageable fashion. Now when riding my ATV I can quickly know the direction I am traveling with a quick glance. I can even download information to my computer for tracking my fitness routine.
When ATV camping I can quickly get a weather forecast based on the current weather conditions of the area I am camping at. So I now have a new piece of camping gear, a digital sports watch and I am amazed at how often I use the information, whether I am trail running, ATV trail riding or ATV camping.