Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 21, 2017
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For the beginner

If you have yet to discover where running will lead you, consider the Garmin Forerunner 110, a simpler and less expensive version of the company’s other multisport GPS Forerunners. It displays distance, time and pace. You can buy it with or without a heart-rate monitor; it’ll give you your current heart rate but won’t let you set up a heart-rate training plan. Unlike the other Forerunners, the 110 looks more like a nice watch and not a computer mounted on your arm. $200; $250 with the heart-rate monitor. Available at most Canadian Tire stores or find a retailer at garmin.com.

If you do laps

If you’ve been running for a while and feel it’s time to improve your performance, then the slick Timex Ironman Sleek 150 Lap is worth looking at. It does lap timing extremely well. The touch-sensitive display is fuss-free and has easy-to-read large numbers. Just tap the face after each lap and you don’t have to break your stride. It has an 150-lap memory and can be customized for three workout sessions with 16 interval times and different intensity levels. It also has a hydration alarm if you’re one of these runners who forgets to drink. $125. timex.ca.

When heart rate matters

When you're ready to plunge into heart-rate training, the Polar RS300 should help you run and train at the right intensity. It comes with aerobic-fitness tests that help you customize your settings and make your training seriously efficient. As you warm up, the watch logs your heart rate, and uses that data to set zones for each workout. Runners who’ve tested the RS300 found the fabric chest strap extremely comfortable. $190. polarca.com.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.

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