Guest Post by Chris Billingham:
With a new year brings a fresh batch of fitness enthusiasts who are keen to make a change to their lives and get more fit, with many dusting down their gym memberships, ready to battle the bulge! The gym isn’t for everybody though, with a lot of people opting for swimming as their keep fit exercise of choice.
Those who swim often complain of being bored, stating that music keeps them going while running or exercising in the gym and that they miss it while swimming. This doesn’t have to be the case anymore though, with the latest generation of underwater mp3 players offering reliability and good sound quality. Here are three of the more popular underwater mp3 players:
The Finis SwiMp3 player
This player is designed specifically for those who want an mp3 player for use while swimming. Firstly the sound is actually transmitted via bone conduction, which is the transfer of sound via vibrations from the cheek into the inner ear. This results in a high clarity of sound while swimming with your head under water. The drawback to this though is that the sound quality does suffer somewhat when you are out of the water, or your head is above water for a long period of time.
Another great feature of this player is that it is possible to use some of the functions without actually breaking your stroke! You can skip tracks by pressing a button at the side of your cheek, for example if you were swimming on your back, you could transition to your front and then onto your back all while being at the helm of the controls!
The Speedo Aquabeat is a small and somewhat fashionable waterproof mp3 player that has a battery life of around nine hours. This product is ideal for swimming as it is lightweight and can even float, which is ideal for recovering it should you lose it while you are in the swimming pool. It attaches to the strap of your swimming goggles or swimwear and boasts large buttons making it incredibly easy to use while you are exercising.
The Intova H2Oman
The Intova H2OMan is a relatively small mp3 player, which again is designed specifically for use when swimming. Like the Aquabeat, it attaches to the back of your swimming goggles easily and boasts earphones that are entirely waterproof.
The battery life can last up to around thirteen hours playing time, requiring around two hours recharging time to achieve this.
One of the great features of this player, like some mobile phones and standard mp3 players, is it uses SD cards which can be interchanged, allowing you to have significantly more music at your disposal than many of the other players on the market.
This article is written by Chris Billingham, who runs Swimmer, an online underwater music player and accessory store.