Whether you are a serious sportsman or just want to get fit and toned in time for your holidays, swimming is a great form of exercise. It is particularly low impact on the body which means that you can enjoy it whether you are 9 or 90.
Already it’s the UK’s most popular mass participation sport, enjoyed by nearly 3 million of us each week. But it continues to grow in popularity, helped by the surge in ‘open water’ or wild swimming and events like the Great Swim series (www.greatswim.org). These take place at stunning venues like Loch Lomond, London’s Docklands and Lake Windermere each summer.
Unlike other sports where you need all the gear, the beauty of swimming is that you can take part with just a swimsuit although a decent pair of goggles is highly recommended if you want to swim properly with your head in the water!
Nor are goggles the only accessories worth investing in if you want to enjoy the sport to the max. Here we look at just some of the swimming gadgets you can buy including underwater music players, heart rate monitors and even a fun water scooter!