Swimming Goggles

Things You Need To Know Before Buying Swim Goggles

Swimming goggles are important attributes for both professional and non-professional swimmers.

There are several types of goggles; they vary by their shape, material, lens, etc. When choosing the swim goggles you need to know how to differentiate them.

First thing you need to choose is the shape of the goggles – you can get Swedish goggles, classic or gasket goggles, and/or swim masks.

Goggles Types

Swim Goggle TypesThe Swedish goggles became very popular among competitive swimmers as they have less drag, and fit the eye socket perfectly.

The second type – classic goggles (or calling it in a different way – gasket goggles) are the most common swimming goggles used. There are two types of classic goggles – those made of silicone and those made of foam.

There is no right or wrong choice between these two options; it is solely based on the taste and preference of the swimmer. Even though the majority of swimmers prefer silicone goggles, the number of swimmers that go for foam goggles is still pretty high.

There are limited producers of foam goggles, but you can definitely find one that will meet your requirements, as for silicone goggles – there are plenty options available on the market.

Swimming masks are typically used by children as they do not need a lot of adjusting and give wider visibility range, compared to Swedish goggles or classic goggles.

There are many different shapes and sizes of swimming masks and everyone can find one that corresponds to his or her preferences.

When purchasing swimming goggles, make sure you feel comfortable wearing them. You can get swimming goggles for relatively low price (a few dollars) if you do not look for very high quality.

In case you are into professional goggles that have better quality and are long-lasting you might spend additional $$.

There are some goggles that are adjustable based on the shape of your nose and face. They come up with separate parts that can be installed on the goggles to get the best fit.

All of goggles types mentioned above come in different colors, different shapes and additional features, such as anti-scratch lenses or anti-fog technology, etc.

The more features you want the higher will be the price.

Lens Type

Swim Goggles LesnAnother important thing you need to pay attention to is the lens type.

Some goggles come with clear lenses that provide natural light which is ideal for indoor pools.

The blue or violet lenses are a great choice for everyday training (they allow moderate level of light reach the human eye).

If you swim in rather dark waters you might consider purchasing goggles with amber lenses, as they provide excellent vision in different environments.

Mirror lenses, are ideal if you swim in a place where there is very bright light (they reflect the light away and protect your eyes). Smoked lenses, like mirror lenses, are designed for places with very bright light.

And finally there are prescription goggles for those people who need contact lenses or optical glasses to see their surrounding better. To calculate what prescription lenses you need, use the following formula:

Diopter strength = Sphere + (1/2 x cylinder).

You can purchase special goggles which will allow you changing your prescription lens if needed.

In order to keep the price low, the producers are mainly unable to provide the perfectly fitting lenses, for this reason consult with your doctor before ordering goggles with prescription lenses.

Benefits of Swim Goggles

benefitsSwimming goggles provide many benefits to swimmers.

First of all you see everything clear under the water. If you swim in a pool (where for protection purposes chlorine is used) swimming goggles will protect your eyes from chlorine.

If you swim in open door pool the goggles offer you protection from the sun. They prevent the eyes from irritation and redness.

If you swim in rather dirty water, it will protect your eyes from any potential harm. If chemicals are used in the water where you swim, swimming goggles will take proper care of your eyes.

The only thing you need to do is to make sure that your goggles do not leak.

When purchasing your goggles you need to make a choice whether to look for affordable goggles, professional goggles, or goggles with special features.

Based on your choice you will have several options out of which you can choose one that you like the most.

Some goggles offer anti-fog technology, some others have special fitting features (helping you to get goggles with perfect fit), some others are easily adjustable – making them a very useful tool for kids.

Have a look at the top 10 best swimming goggles to buy in 2016.

Goggles Price

You can also choose among different cosmetic features – color of the strap, or color of the lenses, etc. Hundreds of specialized goggles are available on the market. The prices start from $ and go up depending on the brand, features, style, shape, etc.

The price of prescription lenses is relatively higher. Some people think that they are hardly affordable for a person with low/middle income, but in reality you can purchase prescription goggles for $$ (the simple one).

If you need prescription goggles with extra features, of course, you will have to pay more. Some goggles come with their cases which make it easier to keep the in the best conditions for prolonging their life.

Taking Care of your Swim Goggles

Swimming goggles need a lot of care, like your swimsuit, or your swimming cap.

When you get out of the water, make sure to rinse your goggles in water (preferably cold) to remove any chemicals (e.g. chlorine), salt, sand or anything else.

Let the goggles dry naturally (in a room temperature). Put them in a case (if available) and store   with your swimming suit, cap, etc.

Do not leave your goggles under direct sun light, or in a very cold room. Do not store them in the same case with sharp items as they may damage the lens or the strap.

In case there in an anti fog layer, storing it with other items (without a case) can become a reason for scratches and can even remove the anti-fog cover.

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Swimming Pool Exercises

Working Out In the Swimming Pool: The Best Water Exercises

Swimming in the pool is already a good workout for the body; adding to this additional water exercises can help you maintain the best shape. Which are some water exercises that are very popular among men and women? Depending on your age, physical conditions, weight and some other factors you can choose the best workout to reach the desired outcome. If you are unaware of different options consult with a specialist before choosing the program to attend. The article provides additional guidance and suggestions on the best water exercises.

Set of exercises using pool buoy: Stand in the pool (chest-high) feet apart (shoulder width). Using both hands place the weights next to your knees and jump as high as you can. By hanging on the weights jump 10 times (go for 2 or 3 sets). With the same position hold one dumbbell in each hand and softly raise each until the height of your shoulder. You can do both hands simultaneously or one by one.

Start with 10 repetitions, after your body gets used to the exercise do it as many times as you feel you are able to. Go a bit deeper where the water will cover your shoulders as well. Take the weights, bring your hands in front of your chest and pull your hands simultaneity backwards. Start with 10 sets and increase the number every time.

The next set of exercises is related to lifting legs.

Get a point where water is shoulder-deep (hold onto the edge for keeping your balance if required) and bend your knee up as much as you can. Do 10 lift ups for each leg. If you are in a good physical shape you can lift the leg straight to the front. Another option is to bend your knee up and to the side. Go for 10 lift ups in the beginning and increase the number gradually.

Third set of exercises – go deep in the water, take a kick board or a tube, place it under your arms and bend your knees up. You need to reach at least the waist level, the upper you go the better. Do not try to do it very fast, take it slow with some pauses and repeat the exercise for 10 times. Make sure you are comfortable doing it before deciding to go for 20 lifts.

Run/walk in the swimming pool. After you swim a lap or two, try to walk in the pool by increasing the speed gradually until you reach a point where you run in the swimming pool. Swim 1-2 laps in your preferred style, then go for a walk or run in the pool for another 1-2 laps, repeat the exercise several times.

If you are exercising in a swimming pool with artificial waves, try to keep the water on the knee level or even lower and as soon as you see a wave coming try jumping over it. You need to make sure that if you fall you will not hurt yourself (the level of water should be high enough, so in case you fall you fall in the water and not on the ground).

Adjust the exercises to meet your requirements and add others to get a complete workout system.