GPS watches and other fitness trackers offer a whole host of clear benefits to users like Alissa Davis, including the fact that they often provide some added motivation to go along with the valuable data and analytical feedback they collect. Whether it is Suunto, Garmin, Fitbit or any other brand, workout data can be utilized in so many positive ways in order to ensure the user is able to adjust their workouts accordingly. The issue, however, is that GPS watches and other fitness products are often marketed in a way that suggests that it is the product itself that directly leads to significant fitness gains.
Obviously, this is not the case. These products are undeniably valuable when used as a tool for evaluating fitness gains, and there is some evidence that some of these products provide extra motivation to those who use them. Incorporating the data these GPS products collect can contribute to more efficient and effective workouts, but it should be clear that it is the user’s willingness to complete these workouts that matters most.