I decided to write this post about a month ago. I’ve been finding my time in the pool the most refreshing and wonderful thing. I thought, heck I’m going to tell the folks that read the blog all about it. So here we are. Then an email landed in my inbox asking how I was this new year from the team behind Sequins and Sand {we worked together on THIS post last year, and this one TOO}. Perfect timing I said, I’m doing a post about pool swimming, would you like in?

And they said yes.

SO after I finish waffling on, showing you some photos of my new swimmers {top courtesy of Sequins and Sand} there will be a chance for you to WIN some swimmers of your very own to get your butt in the pool in style. Exciting, right? Well hang around for a bit before you go rushing off to enter would you please. Read all the goss. Let’s get started, shall we.

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WHY SWIM?

All I know is that for me I swim because it’s quiet under the water. I swim because it makes my heart strong, it’s good for cardio health and my muscles respond well to the long, clean strokes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it keeps me sane. At Step I work hard, at the Gym I lift weights and grunt and groan. In the pool I think, I breathe, I count my breaths and calm myself. If your mind races. Swimming might just be for you.

WHERE TO SWIM?

Pool, ocean, river or creek. It doesn’t matter. All you need is a safe length of water to paddle about in. That’s it. During winter a lot of areas have indoor pools {or consider going on your lunch break if not heated, it will be reasonable one some days} so make use of them. I’ve just discovered an indoor pool here {used to teach children to swim} and will be continuing on long past the closure of the main pool which is seasonal here.

HOW TO SWIM?

I use the local pool that is 50m in length and try to spend thirty minutes to an hour. Just like walking, you need to make the time to get some blood flowing. Stop if you have too after every lap. Build up to swimming the entire time. Buy a kick board and kick sometimes. Keep it simple with long slow strokes. Kick from your hips but don’t swivel them {your hips that is} all about.

Goggles help, a swimming cap if you are in the pool and like the condition of your hair to NOT resemble straw. But all in all swimming is a really inexpensive form of exercise. You don’t NEED anything other than something to wear to the pool. And once you’re there you’ll realise everyone does their own thing in regard to that. Keep it simple, right?

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ABOUT THE SWIMWEAR

This hot red little number {top} is the third I have from the team at Sequins and Sand {they also sent a black suit, not pictured}. I’ve paired it here with my Sorella Swim pants but it came with some red briefs. Brief briefs let’s just say. Haha. I love them for the beach, my tan line has never been this tiny, but when swimming I want something I don’t have to adjust. Like ever. Try the boy-leg bottoms if you were concerned, they work really well.

I like the one piece togs for swimming mostly but being long in the body often this leads to boob squish and discomfort around my shoulders. The tankini is a great option and is like the best of both worlds. What I love most about the whole lot is that these togs are chlorine resistant. I selected them from the range specifically to test them out. Colour fade of your pool swimmers is pretty major if you go often enough. I’m happy to report back that all is well so far.

A note to buyers though, it does make the fabric a little firmer, so get ready to wiggle a little bit more to get into those one pieces. My black ones I put them on before I go because I have to lay down like too small jeans. But man-oh-man they fit like a glove and don’t budge when you swim in them. Seriously, worth the effort getting into them. So now are you ready to WIN some of your very own!?

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We are going old school with this give-away {no widget!} and asking you to go to the site and choose yourself THE pair of swimmers you would like if you win. I’ve linked to the plus-size section BUT if you’re not plus-size, just click on over to the regular sizing and choose from there! You don’t have to leave your size or postal address in the comment {please don’t, awkward}, I’ll get that later. There is one swimsuit available {that would be a top and pants if choosing separates} to an Australian resident. The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 3 days or forfeit the prize.

To win you MUST be contactable via email {leave it in your comment} and respond to the question “I would choose the {insert swimsuit name} because {insert reason for choice here}”. I will choose the winner because I am the queen of THIS world. Haha. You will not be eligible to win if you’d meet this criteria. Entries close Friday 28th February at 5pm (QLD time!).

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GOOD LUCK!

Hi! I’m Suger and I’m the Chief Blogger here. I make stuff for the internet. Which means I take photos, build websites, write copy and create social media plans for people. This is my blog where I share my life and the things that interest me. It’s been living its best life on the interwebs since 2009.