Iâ€™ve never seen anyone complain about this, but I used to have a devil of a time with heart rate monitors. I would strap them around my chest, but I usually wouldnâ€™t get an accurate reading until I was dripping wet with sweat. I tried wetting the contacts with water, but it didnâ€™t seem to do much good.
A few weeks ago, I got my answer from a Black Eyed Peas song. I happened to be running and frustrated with my heart rate reading when the song, â€œDisco Club,â€ came on my random mix. The lyric that helped me was, â€œRub it on your belly like an ultrasound.â€ They usually use some product like KY Jelly or Astroglide with ultrasound devices to get a better reading. I thought that it might work for my heart rate monitor.
The next time I exercised, I applied a thin coating of Astroglide to the contacts of the heart rate monitor. From the moment I put it on, I got an accurate reading. No more frustration while Iâ€™m waiting to get sweaty enough to get a correct reading.