Swimming is arguably amongst the best forms of exercise. However, like everything else, everything should be in moderation. The rule “nothing in excess” applies even to swimming. Therefore, those who have medical conditions and yet swim out of passion or simply to gain the health benefits must be careful to ensure they don’t tire their hearts out.
Heart-rate monitors are not a new concept; neither are those that are water-proof and can be used by swimmers. What’s different about Finis Aquapulse heart-rate monitor is that it’s the only one that transmits your heart rate via a voice signal even as you swim, thereby eliminating the need for a telemetry strap or wrist watch.
The monitor simply clips on to your goggles. Infra-red technology allows it to detect your pulse from your temple area, and the information is conveyed to your ear via an audio signal that is conducted through your bones. The monitor is secure even when the person wearing it swims vigorously.
You can choose from intervals of 5, 10, 20, 30 and 45 seconds as also 1, 2 and 5 minute intervals to receive the heart-rate information. The tone in which the heart rate is delivered is quite audible, clear and easy to understand.
This compact device measures 3.5” in length, 1.5” in width and 0.5” in depth. It is powered by a rechargeable battery that provides up to 8 hours of service on full charge. The USB cable that comes with the device makes it easy to charge via a computer.