13 NovWhy it’s important to choose the correct swimming goggles.

There are a number of advantages to swimming.  It’s a great overall method of exercise; using all the muscles of the body without the high impact other aerobic exercise methods can have.  Jogging or running can put pressure on the knees, as can cycling.  Swimming is very low impact, with your weight supported by the water.  It is a useful safety measure to know how to swim in case of accident involving water, at the seaside for example.  It’s also good for kids and a fun and healthy activity for the whole family.  Many people enjoy swimming so much that they make it a regular part of their routine either for fun or exercise.  It is when there is a more prolonged exposure to water in pools that additional swimming gear such as swim goggles can be a good idea.

The main reasons for wearing swimming goggles during swimming is to reduce or prevent eye irritation.  The chlorine in the water can make your eyes red and sore, and goggles prevent this.  Another advantage is to improve vision through the water to prevent bumping into walls, edges or other swimmers.   There can also be medical reasons for wearing swimming goggles such as eye conditions, and this is well recognised and supported by the ASA.  Those that usually use glasses can also use prescription goggles to enable them to see as clearly as they would with their glasses on.

It is important to choose the right swimming goggles to ensure that they carry out all or any of these functions.  Badly fitted goggles will not keep water out and be rendered useless.  This is why it is important to choose the right size for your head.  This is especially relevant to younger swimmers, who should make sure that they have goggles especially for children to ensure a tight fit.

It is easy to pick a pair of goggles on how they look, but it is more important to get a pair that serves the purpose you need them for.  If you are protecting your eyes, a tight fit is the most important.  If it’s for visibility it is better to choose a clear pair not coloured.

Goggles can be an important piece of swimming equipment, so choosing the right pair for you is the most important thing, as your goggles can be as individual as you are.

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