Swimming on holiday is easy. It’s hot, you need to cool off, the beautiful water looks cooling and calming and you’ve probably had at least a glass of wine already, so your usual inhibitions are a little relaxed. However, swimming for exercise during the week is also ridiculously enticing for those of us who have cracked the secret code. Here we share our top five reasons why you should go for a swim this week, in case you needed tempting.
Research shows that the human body tones in water, even before you’ve done any exercise. Water provides a natural resistance to any movement you try to make, so any walking, turning, bending and stretching in water is great for strengthening and toning your muscles. So even if you don’t feel up to swimming for long periods of time or you lack confidence in your swimming technique, being in the water at all is still great for your body. More toned skin? Who’d say no to that.
After jogging and running up stairs (no, thank you) swimming is one of the highest calorie burning exercises you can do. What’s more: the arms, the legs and the core are all being used when you swim so it’s a great total body workout. The best strokes for maximum impact are front crawl and butterfly, but even a moderate breast stroke will burn ~500 calories an hour.
Swimming is an impact free sport, so whether you’re suffering from injury or keen to avoid one, swimming is the best activity comes when it comes to exercising the body without risk. If you’re a keen runner or cyclist, then swimming also offers a great alternative workout on your usual rest days – still offering a full aerobic workout with none of the impact on your joints (but all of the impact on your mind..)
If, like us, a gym with pumping music and lots of alpha males leaping about is not really your thing, then swimming almost certainly might be. Whether you prefer to listen to your own music with a set of underwater headphones (our favourite five coming to a blog near you soon) or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the underwater world, the swimming pool is your oyster, so to speak.
What’s more: slow and regular breathing is key to swimming and so even the most agitated and anxious mind is forced to relax and decompress as you maintain control of your breathing in conjunction with your stroke.
When the hard work is over, there is nothing quite like a final relax and unwind in the sauna or steam room. Again, great for the metabolism and the skin, as well as relieving your muscles and reducing tension in your joints, a quick dip in a sauna or steam room is a perfect and well deserved post-swim treat. You earned it.
Have we tempted you? We hope so. If you're still looking for a cossie for that swim, check out our First Collection for flattering and supportive kit to ensure you look and feel great too.
We've developed our unique Muse Measurement sizing system to offer a comfortable, sleek and sculpting fit, whatever your shape or size.
We know that no two “size 12” bodies are the same, so our sizing is tailored to three different body shapes:
Step One: Pick your usual UK dress size from 8-20.
Step Two: Pick your bust size based on our Muse Measurements system:
|BRA CUP SIZE||AA - B||C - E||F - HH|
So if you typically wear a UK size 14 and wear a 34A bra, you’d order a 14 Hepburn. Likewise if you’re a UK size 10 and wear a 30F bra, you’d order a 10 Hendricks.
All our pieces are designed to offer stretch. However, if you’re in between sizes we recommend sizing up.
If you are very long in the body, we also recommend going up a dress size to offer additional length.
Our Swimbras & Swim Crops are designed to fit snugly so that you feel 100% secure as you move. We have developed a precise Bikini Sizing System to help you identify your correct size.
|BIKINI TOP SIZING||Cup Size|
Band Size (inches)
|26-28||8 Hepburn||8 Monroe||8 Hendricks|
|28-30||10 Hepburn||10 Monroe||10 Hendricks|
|30-32||12 Hepburn||12 Monroe||12 Hendricks|
|34-36||14 Hepburn||14 Monroe||14 Hendricks|
|38-40||16 Hepburn||16 Monroe||16 Hendricks|
|42-44||18 Hepburn||18 Monroe||18 Hendricks|
All our knickers come in standard UK dress sizes from size 8 - 18.
We currently offer all bikinis in sizes 8-18 and all swimsuits in sizes 8-20.
We are very aware that our size range is still relatively limited. We’re a small independent brand, and have focused initially on offering a highly comprehensive and effective set of products to women who wear dress sizes 8-20.
However we are very responsive to demand. If you would like to see more sizes in different types of products please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org - we'd love to hear from you.
For example, when we first launched back in June 2017 we tested customer demand for our products in sizes 8-16. So many of you got in touch to say that you were interested in our swimwear but needed larger sizes that within six months we expanded our size range up to UK size 20. We're really listening to you.
Any questions or want to check your size in more detail? Get in touch via email@example.com.