The one setting you should change on your Garmin watch.
There is a setting to adjust every time I take out a Garmin watch from the box. You can customize data screens based on your training goals or optional accessories. For example, you can customize one of the data screens to display your lap pace or heart rate zone. Many Garmin devices offer the option of two different recording options: Smart recording and recording every second. I always make sure to use Every Second Recording.
Smart Recording will only record data points when there are changes in direction, speed, heart rate or elevation. Meanwhile, Every Second Recording does exactly what it says — data points will be recorded every second.
Things to set on your Wrist Watch:
By default, smart recording is enabled on most Garmin GPS watches. This is not to increase battery life, but because smart recording allows smaller files that take up less memory. File size, however, is not as much of a concern as it was 10 years ago. For example, Garmin’s Forerunner 235, which is our favorite running watch, can record up to 200 hours of activity data before being overwritten.
As a result of examining I found Every Second Recording to produce more detailed and accurate tracking. Here’s how to enable it on your watch:
- Head to Settings
- Select System
- Click on Data Recording
- Choose Every Second Recording