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How To Use A GPS Sports Watch?

Whether you’re initiating a fitness routine for the first time or you’ve been training forever, the best way to get to know your new watch is to strap it on and work out. But, there are a couple of things you should accomplish before you head out the door:

It’s a good idea to fully charge the device soon after you take it out of the box.

As the watch charges, consider reading through the manual (which you may need to download from the internet).

Okay… most people completely ignore the manual, but there are a few important things you should understand about your watch. Chief among them is the act of establishing a satellite link.

It would be nice if GPS watches immediately synced with satellites the moment they powered up, but in order to avoid unnecessary battery drain this isn’t how it works. You need to initiate a workout mode on the watch and wait for it to find and establish a link with GPS satellites (it helps to be outdoors when doing this). The linking process can take anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. When established, the watch will provide visual feedback, such as a satellite icon informing you that you’re ready to begin.

The satellite link is important because it enables the watch to record your location. If you start exercising before the link is established, the portion of your workout that elapsed before the link was made will be missing from the map data.