One of the worst things about exercising with a heart rate monitor is the strap. It sticks to your sweaty body. It gets wet and smelly. If it’s too tight, it can irritate your skin. Garmin just announced a new Forerunner that does away with all that nastiness. The Forerunner 225 GPS Running Watch can measure your heart rate at your wrist.
Using Mio Heart Rate Technology, the Forerunner 225 displays your heart rate and beats in real time. The watch also includes a built-in accelerometer, which captures distance and pace when you’re running on a treadmill or an indoor track.
You can wear the new Forerunner all day long. It captures steps and calories burned, and it can even remind you when you’ve been sitting for more than an hour. Battery life ranges from 4 weeks in watch mode to 10 hours in GPS mode with an optional heart rate monitor.
Like most Garmin fitness devices, the Forerunner 225 can upload data to Garmin Connect, Garmin’s online community. The watch also offers live tracking and social media sharing through the Garmin Connect Mobile app.
The Garmin Forerunner 225 is available for preorder for $299.99. It is scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2015. You find more details on the Garmin website.