Swimming is wonderful exercise. It gives you a full body workout, is great for physical and psychological well-being, and even a gentle half-hour swim can burn off 200 calories. If you’re thinking of taking up swimming as part of your new year’s fitness regime, however, you might want to invest in a sports swimsuit, as your string bikini just won’t cut it for lengths in your local pool.
As well as supporting you in all the right places, active suits are designed to work with the body’s motion in the water and provide you with a better all-round experience. But sports swimsuits don’t have to be dull. Here are some great active suits to kick start your new swimming passion in style.
Zoggs Cabarita swimsuit
This stylish high neck swimsuit has appeared on ITV’s Splash, worn by celebrities Gemma Merna and Jenny Falconer, and is great for those who want to show of their figure. It has an exposed zip back and is made from soft and forgiving Elastomax fabric, which is designed to last for up to 120 hours in the pool. This season, the Cabarita suit is available in a cool, graphic water ripple print in grey on black with fuchsia detailing around the neck. It’s the sexy sporty swimsuit.
Buy: £28, sizes 10-18, from John Lewis.
Panache Sports swimsuit
Fans of the Panache sports bra will love this swimsuit because it has the same integrated bra for support while you are swimming. Themoulded seam free inner cups encapsulate each breast, providing control and a nice defined shape, while contrast side panels help to define your waist. In addition, the wide straps help to disperse pressure and you have the option of wearing the suit as a racerback style which can be more comfortable for certain strokes. Finally, the use of Lycra Xtra Life fabric ensures this suit will stand up to chlorine and oils and maintain its shape.
Buy: £39, sizes 28 DD-H, 30-38 DD-H and 40 D-GG, from Figleaves.com.
Speedo Sculpture Premiere Watergem swimsuit
The pretty blue colour and 360 degree shaping technology mean this simple suit from Speedo’s Sculpture range is anything but. The flattering neckline also offers bust support, while the shaping fabric targets your tummy, waist and bottom for a bit of a confidence boost – much needed for January pool visits! We also love the low cut legline on this suit, and it also uses Lycra Xtra Life fabric for chlorine resistance and added durability.
Buy: £28.80, sizes 32-46, from Wiggle.co.uk.
Freya Active Purple Rain Swimsuit
We love the latest colour of Freya Active’s underwired swimsuit, and we also love that it is made from Sensitive Life fabric which not only offers long life and chlorine resistance but only saves 1/2 metre of rainforest for every suit that is sold. How’s that for a feel-good boost in January? The suit’s underwired moulded cups give you all the bust support you need, while the sporty panelling helps achieve a sleek silhouette. This suit will make you look like a pro.
Buy: £60, sizes 30-40 D-H, from Figleaves.com.
Adidas Inspiration Swimsuit
This bright and bold new Inspiration swimsuit from Adidas is perfect for getting swimming newbies in the zone. With its sleek, sporty cut, medium leg and racer back straps, this suit is designed for exercise in the pool. More advanced swimmers can go for the Inspiration Athletic swimsuit, designed to help you take seconds off your time. Both are made from Infinitex fabric for elasticity and chlorine resistance.
Buy: £26, sizes 28-38, from Adidas.
Figleaves Jet Active Mesh Trim Swimsuit
If you want a sporty swimsuit with a different look, this Figleaves Active mesh panelled swimsuit is a great buy. The contemporary sports luxe design will stand out from the crowd while the coloured panels have a figure flattering effect. The suit’s functional construction also means it’s perfect for regular use as it is made from chlorine resistant, quick-drying fabric.
Buy: £55 (currently £46.75 in the sale), in sizes 8-18 from Figleaves.com.