Music and Swimming
Listening to music is a great way to stay motivated while exercising. Swimming is also a great way to get your exercise. If you are a competitive swimmer, long swimming workouts are mandatory. Nothing makes the time pass like listening to your favorite music while doing your daily lap routine. The music is not only motivating but it will help you keep in rhythm, as well. Even if you aren’t a competitive swimmer and lap swim for fitness, having upbeat music will keep you going and make the workout more enjoyable.
Waterproof Mp3 Players
Having a waterproof mp3 player is a great way to enjoy music while swimming. Not all swimming mp3 players are created equal. The two best solutions for swimming mp3 players that we have found are either the FINIS SwiMP3 v2 Waterproof MP3 Player or the H2OFriendly 100% Waterproof MP3 Player – Underwater iPod Shuffle 4th Generation 2GB for Swimming & Water Sports. Both of these swimming mp3 players work well and actually do what they are supposed to do.
The FINIS SwiMP3 v2 Waterproof MP3 Player
The FINIS SwiMP3 v2 Waterproof MP3 Player is a unique swimming mp3 player that doesn’t use headphones. Instead it transfers sound through bone induction. Many people complain about the sound quality of wearing headphones underwater. By using the cheekbones to transfer sound and vibrations to the inner ear, these underwater sound quality issues are resolved. No muffled underwater sounds, plus bone induction sound transfer is safe and won’t harm your hearing. This player has 256 MB of memory and holds about 60 songs. Each side of the player rests next to your cheekbone and is held in place by your goggle straps. This player is iTunes compatible.
H2OFriendly 100% Waterproof MP3 Player – Underwater iPod Shuffle 4th Generation 2GB
Another option that is a little more expensive, but a little more traditional is the H2OFriendly 100% Waterproof MP3 Player – Underwater iPod Shuffle 4th Generation 2GB for Swimming & Water Sports – No Case Needed. This player is a regular iPod shuffle except for the company H2O Friendly has taken it apart and waterproofed all of the inner components. The company is based in San Diego and provides a one year waterproof warranty. So what you are getting is a regular brand new iPod shuffle that has been waterproofed. The 4th generation 2 GB iPod shuffle is a nice little device and with shake to shuffle and voice over features and 2 GB of storage. Clip this on your swim goggles and add some waterproof headphones and your workout will never be the same.
Aquapac 100% Waterproof Headphones
When it comes to waterproof swimming earphones the Aquapac 100% Waterproof Headphones have gotten good reviews. These are in ear headphones and have good quality waterproof design. These waterproof headphones have been tested to depths of 10 meters or 30 feet. They are not recommended for deeper depths, because the pressure of in ear headphones at deeper depths could cause hearing damage.
Use BPM To Set Pace
When listening to music for swimming you may want to pace yourself according to the beats per minute. If you would like to use your swimming mp3 player to help you swim at a certain pace you can do that using the beats per minute feature in iTunes. First thing you need to do is go to iTunes and click on View and Options and then put a check mark next to Beats Per Minute. Then you need to get the beats per minute of each song so that you can sort them accordingly.
There are tools for Macs and Windows which allow you to tap along to the song and create a BPM. But we wanted something that would do it for us automatically and be more accurate. Luckily, MixMeister makes a free tool called the BPM Analyzer. Knowing how to categorize your music by BPM is great for creating playlists for swimming, exercising, creating slide shows, and creating DJ mixes.
There are other waterproof mp3 player options including cheaper headphones and waterproof cases, but in our opinion, these are the two best portable underwater music options for getting the most out of your swimming workout with mp3 swimming.