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High-Tech Arm Candy

Today’s blogger: Marissa Stephenson, Shape’s assistant fitness editor

Who wants a sports watch that only tells time when you can pick up a snazzier model that will improve your workout? Lately I’ve been seeing some serious over-achievers that do everything from graph your heart rate to map your running route (don’t worry, they still tell time, too). Here are three watches at the top of my “wow” list:

Timex Ironman Race Trainer ($220; While you work out, this watch stores info like your lap and split times, calories burned, and heart rate. Back home, plug it into your computer’s USB port and view charts of your session on the Timex Web site.

Mio Stride ($100; No annoying chest strap here! Calculate your heart rate by pressing two buttons on the side of the Stride’s face. Your number will pop up instantly (it’s reportedly as accurate as an electrocardiogram). You can also track your speed, distance, and calories burned.

Polar RS 800CX ($500; This is the perfect choice if you’re always conquering new trails. While you run or cycle, a GPS in the watch tracks your route. Post-workout, you can save your session on your computer or export it to Google Earth to see how fast you moved over different terrain.



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