Valérie Fernandez

By Valérie Fernandez

June 8, 2016


All You Need to Go Swimming

Article revised on 12 June 2018

If there’s a single article of clothing that people dread wearing (or even shopping for!) it’s the bathing suit. It’s probably because bathing suits are so small and revealing that feelings of insecurity can rise to the surface. Also, the right bathing suit must be adapted to your type of activity, whether you are going surfing the biggest waves or simply relaxing by the pool. Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect swimming gear this summer! 

In order to find the right bathing suit, consider the following:

Choose a synthetic fabric

Bathing suits made of synthetic fabrics tend to perform better in water and dry more quickly than those made of cotton. That’s an important factor to consider, if you plan to wear your suit swimming laps or going down the slide at the water park. Always rinse your bathing suit when you take it off, because chlorine and salt water can damage the fabric over time.

The right suit for the job

Working out, diving, cold water swimming, surfing, sunbathing… Bathing suits offer a number of options based on type of activity you’re going to be performing. Before focusing on any other factors, consider your needs and the ways you’re going to use your bathing suit. Then, it will be easier to choose one that will work well for you. It might be helpful to ask for advice at a specialty shop.


What about swimming goggles?

This swimming accessory can greatly increase a swimmer’s eye comfort, but googles have to fit well. When choosing your goggles, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Must be durable

    That’s the most important consideration! Goggles have to hold up to swimming and to being carried around at the bottom of a sports bag. Always choose a sturdy set.

  2. Black, blue, yellow lenses…

    The lenses in swimming goggles must adapt to the light conditions in the pool, lake or wherever you are swimming. Black or grey lenses reduce glare from the sun or from strong neon lighting at an indoor pool. In settings with less light, clear, yellow or blue lenses will provide better contrast.

  3. Try before you buy

    If possible, move the nose piece and try the goggles without the straps. Press gently to get a slight suction effect. The goggles should stick to your face for a few seconds. If not, readjust the nose piece or try another type.

  4. Ask for advice

    Beyond lens colour, you may want to consider additional options such as type of joint, anti-fog coating, various settings, etc. Think about your needs and ask for advice in determining whether these options are worth it to you.

A bathing suit body all year long!

Have you ever dieted to look good in a bathing suit? Most people who participate in a weight loss program gain it all back… and then some! That’s because these diets are often too strict and restrictive. No one can stay on them for the rest of their life. Over time, dieters gradually put on pounds that become harder and harder to lose.

What’s the solution? Adopt healthy lifestyle habits by making small adjustments that lead to a lasting lifestyle change. In other words, don’t wait to have the body you dream of before getting in the water. Do it now! It will be good for your health!



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