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Swimming and Heart Rate Monitors

Many heart rate montitors can be used while swimming. If you want one for swimming, look for one that is water resistant. They are typically resistant to 100 feet or 30 meters. On mine you are not supposed to press the button on it while under water though.

Sometimes interference can be a problem while in water. For example if the chlorine levels are high, or you are in salt water. This could cause the electrodes to short circuit. If this happens the transmitter cannot detect the signals.

Also, jumping into water or extra strenuous movement of your muscles while engaging in competitive swimming could cause the transmitter to move to a different part of your body where your heart signal cannot be picked up.

Some people tissue composition can effect the signal strength, and this tends to be worse while in water.

Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise though and is a zero impact activity. So it is a good aerobic exercise to measure your heart rate with. It is great that they make heart rate monitors that are water resistant enough to use while swimming. Many people who are regular swimmers most likely make good use of the water resistant qualities of some heart rate monitors.

Just be sure you check and make sure the one you have or are thinking about buying really is water resistant and able to be used in water before swimming with it on!

Here are a couple other articles about heart rate monitors on this site:

Polar Heart Rate Monitors

Heart Rate Monitors Comparison.

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