Here are some swim gadgets that are well and truly worth the hype. Grab yourself a few of these to try out, and have some fun in the water!
If you want to monitor your progress, investing in a heart rate monitor is great. Gone are the days where you have to stop halfway through your workout at the side of the pool to measure your heart rate before jumping back in to continue.
Different workouts require different intensities, and seeing how your heart rate varies throughout your workouts is an amazing indicator of how your cardiovascular system is working. They can also measure the blood flow in your capillaries near the temples by attaching it to your swimming cap or goggles.
Many fitness watches are now waterproof, so you can wear them in the pool to help keep track of your workouts. Most of them sync to an app on your phone, making it super easy to view your history and analyse or compare each workout to the next.
Like fitness watches, swim trackers measure heart rate and other health factors, but they usually give a much more in-depth look into your swimming timing and technique.
Swim trackers can measure your pace, speed, stroke count, stroke rate, distance, and calories burned for your workouts. They can be synced up to an app on your phone, so you can go back and see how you’ve improved over time.
Fins are less of a gadget and more a piece of equipment, but they are a favourite of many swimmers. They help you develop flexibility and range of motion in your ankles, drive your forwards, and enhance your swims.
Believe it or not, there is now a waterproof iPod that you can buy and take into the pool with you. Instead of leaving your phone or iPod on the side of the pool open for anybody to grab, you can keep it safe and close to you.
Alongside your waterproof iPod, you can also purchase some underwater earphones. Music creates an amazing atmosphere at the pool, and it can be so motivating. Now you can put on your favourite playlist to keep you motivated and push you through those final laps.
Tempo is an important factor when it comes to swimming. You can now grab yourself a tempo tracker to measure your stroke rate and quality in the pool. This is great for those of you who are competing and want to stay on track, but they can, of course, be used by anybody.
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