​Running tips and guides: How to train better with wearable tech

We explain how to use your tech to be a better runner
​Running training tips and guides

No matter whether you're a hardened runner or a newbie, the latest running devices and apps can really give your training a boost.

Whether it's accurately tracking your distance and pace with a GPS running watch, or strapping yourself up to train more efficiently using heart rate zones, wearables are the key to great preparation and smashing PBs.

Essential reading: Best fitness trackers

That's why we've assembled this collection of in-depth guides to applying your running tech to get results. From understanding the numbers, to implementing a heart rate training plan, our collection of guides can help turn you into a better runner.

Read our guide to running watches

Buying a running watch is more difficult than ever as there are just so many to choose from. A few years back it was simple - Garmin, Polar or a Casio stopwatch but now there are now countless brands and hundreds of products to choose from.

Our running watch buyers' guide will get you on the right track, letting you know the key features you should be looking out for.

Buy the best GPS running watch for you

None of the above guides are any use without the right gear, and there's now a baffling array to choose from. Never fear, we've rounded up and rated the top running watches to help you out, and ordered them by price so you can reap the benefits without breaking the bank.

Choose your perfect running watch.

And check out guide for women, too

It goes without saying that our running watch buyer's guide is suited for all runners, regardless of gender. However, we've taken the time to round up the trackers and watches that might appeal more to women looking for smaller sizes, stylish form factors and a little more customisation and flexibility. And crucially, there's no slacking on performance.

Check out our guide to the best running watches and fitness trackers for women.

Understand your running watch

When you get beyond basic distance and pace, running watches can provide a cornucopia of stats and insights. The top models from the likes of Polar and Garmin offer a level of stats previously reserved for top athletes.

Our guide to running watches looks at the jargon and data, and not only explains what it means but helps you to use the data to become a better, faster runner.

Check out our guide to running watches.

How to master heart rate training

The trend for adding heart rate monitors to wearable devices isn't just a fad. Understanding your bpm is the key to working out more efficiently.

Intelligently working out within designated zones will ensure you're not only building the right types of fitness but also recovering properly, too. But you need a wearable to do it. This guide explains it all.

Read our guide to heart rate training.

How to stay injury free when running

Injury is every runner's worst nightmare, and very few people run regularly without picking up a niggle or two. However, the main causes are over-training and bad form, which can be prevented.

Our guide reveals the tech you need to keep yourself on the roads rather than laid up with an ice pack – which science tells us is bad for your training plan.

Check out our guide to how to stay injury free.

How to lower your resting heart rate

When it comes to fitness, the lower your heart rate when you're doing nothing, the fitter you are. That's why Bradley Wiggins' heart rate is an even 40bpm at rest – the equivalent of a sleeping pensioner.

Tracking your resting heart rate is a great way to demonstrate how your running regime is impacting your overall health – and your wearables are a great way to do it. Read our guide to find out more.

Find out how to check and lower your resting heart rate

Using the best running apps

There is also a huge range of running apps to consider. Most big-name sports brands all boats their own offerings, and of course there's stiff competition from the likes of Runkeeper, Runtastic and the ever-present Endomondo.

The rise of smartwatches, with run tracking, such as the Sony SmartWatch 3and Apple Watch mean that fitness apps are making a comeback.

Here's our pick of the best running apps.

Choose the best heart rate monitors

They used to be placed on the chest and now they're increasingly moving to the wrist: heart rate monitors are getting wearable, and they're transforming the way we train. Don't buy without reading this guide first.

Choose the best heart rate monitor for you.

Start with interval training

A key way to make gains in your training is to start with intervals. Short bursts of high intensity activity can increase speed and stamina when running, as well as improving recovery times. Our guide reveals how to create your own HIIT plans using your running watch.

Read our guide to starting with interval training.

25 fitness tech tips for getting fit

Whatever your fitness level, there are plenty of ways in which your running watch or fitness tracker can help you to get fit. This collection of tips and tricks are designed to give runners of all levels ideas for using their devices better whether it's shedding some pounds or training for a half marathon.

Check out our 25 tips for getting fit with tech.

Best Bluetooth headphones for running

Unless you're mentally imbalanced, running 10 miles without music is too much to bear, which is why we've rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones for running. Other than the freedom from annoying cables, Bluetooth headphones can connect to the growing range of running watches and smartwatches that support music playback. A win/win.

Bag your perfect pair of sport headphones.

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