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You know you feel better when you exercise, so why do you sometimes hear a voice in the back of your head throwing up any excuse not to go for a swim? Perhaps you feel that you need to lose a few pounds before you’re confident hitting the pool or maybe you just don’t feel good in your swimsuit? Whatever’s holding you back, it’s time to banish your body hang-ups once and for all, and develop your inner confidence. Feeling comfortable in your own skin is not about having the perfect body – whatever you may perceive that to be. It’s about celebrating what your body’s capable of, not what it looks like. All too often, we’re critical of our bodies, but do you ever take a moment to you praise your body for what it can do? Feeling fit, strong and physically capable is something to be proud of, whether you’ve just won a race, swum your best lap ever, or simply made it to the pool for the first time in months. Appreciate your body for what it can do and give it the credit it deserves. Make exe
Whether you’re an experienced athlete or just starting out with a new fitness routine, the last thing you want to worry about is how your look in a swimsuit. Every body type has its limitations and, let’s face it, no amount of working out is going to make your legs grow six inches longer or change a pear-shaped figure to an hourglass. That doesn’t mean you can’t give your natural body-type a helpful boost. Whether you’re top heavy or have an athletic build, finding the right swimsuit can make all the difference. How co
Does the thought of slipping on your swimsuit and braving the local swimming pool fill you with dread? No matter what your body shape or fitness level, feeling comfortable in your own skin is a life-long journey, and wearing a badly fitting swimsuit is a sure way to knock your body confidence. Finding a stylish swimsuit that flatters, shapes and enhances your body is not always easy – that’s why we created the Speedo Sculpture® range. We wanted women to feel comfortable and happy in their own skin, not just when they w
Swimming may be one of the most effective ways to get an all-over workout – the benefits to your body are clear – but what about your hair? If you don’t look after it properly, you’ll soon see the chlorine take its toll, and nobody wants dried out, straw-like pool hair. So what’s the best way to protect your hair from chlorine? If you’re swimming for fitness, the first thing you might want to consider is wearing a swimming cap. Not only can it help protect your hair, it can also improve your performance
Becky Graham Nutritionist and blogger at thehealthyhedonist.co.uk@thehealthy_hedonist “These days I only swim on holiday, so when the opportunity came along to try out a Speedo Sculpture swimsuit I jumped at the chance.” @thehealthy_hedonist Read Becky's story here. Sarah VernonBrand manager and lifestyle blogger at essbeevee.co.uk@essbeevee “It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been out of the water, the moment I push off from the side, all those swimming lessons and summers spent in the pool come floo
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I have always loved swimming. A few years ago I joined a triathlon club and was training two or three times a week. But after completing my triathlon, it all fell by the wayside, especially as I started to divide my time between Bristol and London, where I live and work. These daysI only swim on holiday, so when the opportunity came along to try out a Speedo Sculpture swimsuit I jumped at the chance. At first, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to complete the challenge of fitting in five swims in a week. My life is pretty hectic and I’m used to living out of a bag, but this week took it to a whole new level: I was the busiest I’d been in months and also had a wedding to go to abroad. I had to be organised, getting a couple of suits ready to alternate throughout the week (no one wants to get into a wet cossie) and doing some research on pool locations, prices and opening times. I managed to fit in a swim every day and felt so much better for it. No matter how busy you are or where you find yourself, all it takes is a quick google to find your nearest pool I wasn’t looking forward to squeezing into a swimsuit. Paradoxically, after recently qualifying as a nutritional therapist I’m t
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I’m not an athletic person, but I’ve always enjoyed swimming because I know that I’m good at it. It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been out of the water, the moment I push off from the side, all those swimming lessons and summers spent in the pool come flooding back. When I used to work next door to a pool I went regularly, but then I moved jobs, work and life got in the way and suddenly swimming wasn’t something I could find the time to do. Just getting back in the pool for the five-day swim test wa
I used to love to swim. In 1996 I was a little fish, holding the esteemed title of The Vale of Evesham’s under-12 backstroke champion. But then I grew up and became a mother. Swimming for pleasure was out and my role in the pool was now one of chief armband blower-upper. I missed the feeling of a good swim but it always felt more high maintenance than a quick half hour at the gym. I also felt less confident wearing a bikini than I once did; I became used to spending pool sessions uncomfortably holding in my tummy. So w
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As a busy, self-employed mum, my every day is a juggling act of entertaining, feeding and caring for my two under-5s while taking phone calls, replying to emails, writing and styling for work. So taking time out for myself without feeling guilty thi
Five ways to get the most out of your time in the pool, by Speedo’s experts. Burn calories Fact Half an hour of swimming can burn up to 200-350 calories. Tip Count how many strokes it takes you to do one length. On length two, try to use two fewer s