TomTom, a specialist in navigation and mapping products, has launched the Runner Cardio GPS sport watch with an innovative heart rate technology.
The Runner Cardio accurately measures heart rate with a Mio optical sensor, which monitors changes in blood flow by shining light through the skin. The built-in Heart Rate Monitor eliminates the need for a separate chest strap. The sport watch makes it easy to train in the optimal heart rate zone.
Runners can see real-time heart rate, distance, pace and other essential running information at a glance, while running.
Corinne Vigreux, managing director, TomTom Consumer, said, “We know that heart rate monitoring is the single most accurate way to understand how the body is responding to exercise. Now, with the launch of the Runner Cardio, all runners can easily use heart rate training to improve their performance.”
The TomTom Runner Cardio has five heart rate intensity zones. Runners can select one of these zones to match their training goals and will receive alerts to know whether they need to speed up or slow down.
The five heart rate intensity zones are:
Sprint: mostly used as part of interval training.
Speed: high tempo training to improve your speed and fitness.
Endure: moderate to high tempo training to improve your lung and heart capacity.
Fat Burn: moderate tempo training, great for weight loss.
Easy: easy tempo training, mostly used for warm-up and cool down
The heart rate monitor also includes features designed to address the needs of runners and multi-sport enthusiasts. They include Extra-Large Display, Full Screen Graphics, One Button Control, Indoor Tracker, Ultra-Slim Design and QuickGPSFix.
With multi-platform compatibility, users can sync, analyze and share stats on popular running sites and community platforms, including the TomTom MySports website, MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, TrainingPeaks and Strava.