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LollipopViolet Sun 19-Jun-11 18:21:19

Right, I've swam before, fairly regularly, then had a break because I was back at uni and didn't really have the time.

I've finished now, and want to get back into it properly as I need to lose a lot of weight - about 4 stone.

I'm a size 16, what's the best swimwear for me? I was thinking tankini as it's easier when going to the loo etc.

Also, is there anything I can buy to help me? Something to help keep track of lengths swam would be ideal.

Anything I should know? How long will it be, and how often do I need to go, before I start seeing results?

LollipopViolet Sun 19-Jun-11 22:50:39

Bumping for those burning the midnight oil smile

melliebobs Tue 21-Jun-11 11:53:11

oh i don't want this thread to go unanswered but there's a really good website that has good swimming workouts to keep you motivated. I've got it written down somewhere at work, so when i've found it it will pass it on!

Also the whole what to wear thing. I'm a size 16 and the top of my legs aren't my nicest point and i don't like a traditional swimming costume. I wear board shorts and a tankini. I got mine from there was a good 3 for 2 on on swimwear

Sleepwhenidie Tue 21-Jun-11 17:11:22

Hi, I love swimming, I don't know of any gadgets that track distance (there are swim watches that time laps but I'm not sure they track distance but check). I tend to count my lengths in sets of ten to keep track. I am more of a fan of one piece suits but whatever you find most comfortable for the stroke you do - probably more important than ease of going to the loo grin.

Top tip I have is a kind of semi mask I bought recently after years of leaky/foggy/too tight goggles that left horrible rings round my eyes here. this was a revelation - it doesn't even move or leak when I dived in. That website is great too by the way.

There is a site called swim with lots of tips on strokes and training programmes, I think you can log your swims on it too, although my fitness pal/livestrong/mapmyrun also good for that and can be combined with food diary so you see your calorie intake and usage through exercise, which I find really useful.

Sleepwhenidie Tue 21-Jun-11 17:20:31

Also, once you start feeling fitter than now, try interval training; swim as hard as you can for one length then one (2 if you need it) at a much easier pace to recover. Repeat for 10-20 minutes. It's a killer but will really burn fat and improve your fitness rapidly, also great on days when you don't have time for a 40 minute + swim, you can be in and out in 20-30 minutes, allowing for 5 minutes warming up and cooling down. This type of training also apparently boosts your metabolism for hours after you stop exercising in a way that steady state cardio doesn't.

Joby1970 Wed 22-Jun-11 13:13:59

Don't know about you but I bought a tankini & it just made my belly look like it stook out further.

I'd go onepiece -I mean how often are you going to go to the loo in a session anyway.

I bought mine from shop. It looks like a wrestlers outfit. I bought because all my others allowed boob spillage blush

LollipopViolet Wed 22-Jun-11 15:58:02

Thanks everyone. I've managed 30 lengths of the 25m pool the last 2 sessions, so that's a good start!

I managed to find a rather flattering 2 piece tankini and I love it. It's a lot more flattering than my old one piece was.

Will keep workouts etc in mind for when I'm a bit fitter! smile

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