Tips on a Garmin 310XT

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Familiarise yourself with the specifications and features of the Garmin Forerunner 310XT outdoor GPS unit to get the most out of the device. The 310XT, released in 2009, is designed to meet the needs of triathletes with its many features, including a heart rate monitor, waterproof encasing and cadence sensor.

Health Monitoring Tips

The Garmin Forerunner 310XT comes with the option of a heart-rate monitor that tracks your pulse while you work out. In conjunction with the Tanita BC-1000 body composition scale accessory, the 310XT also tracks a variety of health measurements, including body-fat, body-water and weight levels. When within distance of your personal computer, the 310XT automatically synchronises the data on the device with the Garmin Connect online application, which provides charts and graphs based on the data gathered by the GPS unit.

Battery and Swimming Distance Tips

A standard lithium-ion battery provides the Garmin Forerunner 310XT with up to 20 hours of battery life. You can maximise this time by minimising the display screen's brightness level or disabling its GPS function when it's not being used. The 310XT is able to track distances travelled on land, but it does not do the same while in the water. A software update is available that enables the device to estimate open water-swim distance and travel speed. Set the 310XT to swim mode and the device will use a combination of swim time and GPS data to provide distance travelled data.

Pace and Reception Tips

By storing previous workout information, such as laps and times, the Garmin Forerunner 310XT enables you to create custom, goal-oriented workouts designed to take your workout to the next level at your pace. The unit's built-in pace alert feature alerts you when you are behind a predetermined, or premeasured, pace and also alerts you when a distance or time goal has been reached. While training outdoors, you can engage the 310XT's high-sensitivity receiver, which maintains satellite signal reception when the unit is in difficult-to-reach conditions, such as near tall buildings or under heavy foliage.

Transitioning Tips

When you're ready to get out of the water and continue your workout on a bike, the Garmin Forerunner 310XT is compatible with several optional features, such as the quick release and bike mounts. The quick release feature enables you to quickly remove the wristwatch-style 310XT, while the bike mount provides a place to put the device on your bike. Setting the unit to account for transition times, and the time spent changing the unit from your wrist to a bike will not be factored in to your workout time as a whole.

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