6 swimsuits fit for an Olympic athlete
Want to swim as well as an Olympic athlete? Start by choosing the right swimsuit! Here are six styles to choose from
Swim in style
Swimming is great for weight loss: A 30-year-old 130-lb. woman with an active lifestyle can burn from 225 to 340 calories in 30 minutes, depending on intensity.
According to Alison Wandzura of Swimco, polyester swimsuits resist chlorine and salt water well. And they’re getting better-looking all the time. For those who don’t want to give up their fashionable Lycra or spandex blends, several new styles are specifically made to hold up longer in chlorinated water.
Tip: To extend the life of your bathing suit, shower with it on to rinse out chemicals. You can also get special swimwear cleaners that strip out chemicals.
Sheer mesh insets down the sides add an edgy hit to a classic cut. A built-in bra lends support. (Nylon/spandex, $29)
This graphic X-strap suit with a low-cut back is reversible to vibrant solid coral. (Polyester/spandex, $68)
A wide-strapped racerback is most athletes’ go-to. “Xtra-Life” Lycra in this fabric improves fit and longevity. (Nylon/Lycra, $80)