Trends in Women’s Performance Swimwear in 2014

Women’s performance swimwear over recent years has seen some brilliant styles and designs appearing on the scene. Trends for 2014 are varied with a laid-back retro look to one that is a lot more glamorous. In between, designs include lots of powerful looking swimwear costumes to more delicate, intimate styles made out exotic yet water-repellent high tech fabrics. These stylish retro designs are paired to the best quality textiles offering swimmers a neat, fashionable, laid-back look but one that also offers them a whole lot of comfort and speed in the pool.

Great styles and designs to suit competitive and leisure swimmers

Great Geometric Patterns

One of the biggest trends in performance swimwear for 2014; is the use of strong, vivid and bold geometric patterns which includes mesmerising twists and swirls. The designs are eye catching and clever, with careful use of colour and cut with a strong emphasis on a more striking appeal than in previous years. This offers an appealing look to the swimwear that guarantees to get people noticed.

High Tech Finishing

It goes without saying the fabrics used in performance swimwear is top quality state-of-the art with excellent finishing to match. There’s lots of great finishes and this includes very attractive details namely embellishments and embossing which is often metallic. This adds a lot of style and dimension to the costumes that renders fabrics lush and luxurious looking with a real exotic feel to them.

Modern Tactile Fabrics Designed For Speed & Comfort

When it comes to fabrics, 2014 sees some of the best bonded materials being used to make women’s performance swimwear. The importance of spacer fabrics is accentuated as is the cut of the costumes which is all done in such a way as to enhance a swimmers speed and comfort when they are in the pool.

Performance Swimwear for Competition & Leisure

With so many great designs and fabrics to choose from, performance swimwear is no longer just the choice of competition swimmers alone. Today, people who enjoy swimming to keep fit or just for leisure are choosing to wear these great swimwear designs because of the many advantages the swimwear offers them.

Competition swimmers know they are wearing costumes which boast the most advanced and state of the art technology. This in turn offers swimmers the chance to be that much faster in the pool during a race or when they are prepping up for a competition. When it comes to leisure swimmers, the styles and designs offer comfort with a fashionable stylish look whether on the beach or by the pool.

The newer water-repellent fabrics used to make performance swimwear offers both leisure and competitive swimmers many advantages, one of which is the fact their costumes are much faster drying which in turn offers a lot more comfort when they get out of the pool.

New water repellent fabrics offer swimmers many advantages

Great Breathable & Lightweight Swimsuits

Comfort has always been at the top of manufacturers list of priorities when they design performance swimwear and they have come up with some brilliant ideas which now see breathable and lightweight costumes appearing on the market. The cuts too for the 2014 designs are more flattering whilst all the while allowing swimmers the freedom of movement they need when in the pool.

The trend to merge fashion with performance in 2014 sees competition swimwear boasting a fashionable appeal like never before with colours and patterns that stand out from the crowd. This includes swimwear accessories namely swimming caps, googles and footwear which can all be easily colour coordinated in a very attractive way.

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How a lamppost led to an osteopath

“Six weeks?” I stared incredulously. “I’m afraid so,” said my GP. “It might be even longer, there’s just no telling with soft tissue injuries like this.”

“And there’s nothing you can do?” In return I was prescribed a bucket-load of painkillers and anti-inflammatories and told sympathetically that I would just have to ‘wait it out’.

I had just been in an accident where my car had experienced an unfortunate head-on collision with a lamppost (how I wish this was a slightly less embarrassing sequence of events but in broad daylight, having newly passed my driving test I simply pressed the wrong foot pedal and subsequently panicked…..!).

Having sustained no serious injuries, I was still in absolute agony with a soft tissue injury. My neck was incredibly painful and every movement jarred my whole body. Six weeks of this??!

As I hobbled out of the surgery my GP called after me hopefully, “You could always try an osteopath!”. Those six words were to lead to a discovery that would change my entire outlook on back pain for good.

What an osteopath does

I had heard of an osteopath and thought they were vaguely connected to back pain in some way so the first thing I did when I got home was look it up online.


It turns out that osteopaths treat far more than simple back pain.

Osteopathy (pronounced os-tee-op-athy) is a system which treats the body as a whole, looking at the entire musculoskeletal system including not just bones and muscles, but also ligaments, tendons, joints and connective tissues.

It’s a natural treatment, designed to boost the body’s own healing mechanisms and involves hands on massage, manipulation as well as stretching techniques. But it’s much more than this; it aims to help to prevent the injury to recur and adopts a holistic approach which can include exercises and diet too.

My initial appointment

Having found my nearest osteopath who was registered with the General Osteopathic Council I booked my initial appointment.

My GP is wonderful but when I go to see him, I rush to squeeze all the pertinent details into my six minute slot and often kick myself later for forgetting some important aspect.

Being conditioned to the typical NHS conveyor-belt type mentality, it was rather strange to have an entire hour to talk to the osteopath and undergo a proper assessment.

I was asked about my entire medical history, not just what was relevant to a neck injury, as well as about my lifestyle. The osteopath looked at me standing, and then asked me to gently move my head from side to side, up and down, as well as twist from the waist. This was so they could make an accurate assessment of how my body moves and what was the best way to tackle the issue.
I made an appointment to come back and start the treatment.

Having treatment

I returned for treatment with the osteopath who had assessed me and I am delighted to say that I wasn’t hobbling in agony for the whole six weeks. The osteopathy treatment I had made a huge difference and after each session, I found a gradual improvement.

Part of the problem with injuries is that our bodies become so sore, we stop using the muscles because we want to avoid causing more pain. This in turn causes stiffness and can lead to muscle atrophy, exacerbating the problem further. An osteopath can address this by gently helping sore muscles to stretch rather than becoming tight, bunched and taut.

Of course an osteopath does much more than this, but this is the overwhelming lesson I took away.

As my injury eased, my osteopath showed me exercises I could do at home and also what I could try on a longer term basis to help keep my back moving well.

Having had a neck injury, I’ve found that it can recur at times of stress but making sure I follow the advice and exercises I was given by my osteopath means I can usually get rid of the pain quickly and without further treatment. The first time it recurred I forgot everything I was told and immediately became rigid and immobile which is the worst thing I could have done!

Returning back to the osteopath for treatment, my neck pain was once again quickly and easily resolved.

Working long hours in an office isn’t great for the body’s alignment and over the years, when my back has started to niggle I have made an appointment with my osteopath to nip any problems in the bud. By listening to my body, I know when it needs a bit of help and that by seeing an osteopath I will quickly be back on the road to recovery, click here for further information.


Over the years I have seen a few different osteopaths and learnt that each one has their own different methods and techniques. You often find that the methods they adopt depend on their own personal preferences. Also, don’t assume that a small-framed female osteopath won’t be strong enough to treat your back – even if you are a burly rugby player! Osteopathy is about the skill of the practitioner, not brute strength!

Osteopathy has taught me to view my musculoskeletal health very differently, and rather than being a passive patient, I can take responsibility for my own well-being. That much-cursed lamppost did me a favour in the long run, indirectly introducing me to osteopathy and a whole new way of looking after my body.

An article by Michael Morton, of the Bushey Osteopathic Clinic.

4 Quick Ideas For Getting In Shape

No matter if you need to drop a few pounds or if you are training for a marathon, you can’t overstate the importance of fitness. If you’re not in the best shape right not it might be difficult to get started. Here are some ideas you can start using today. For more information don’t forget to check out our website Popular Workouts

Learning to dance is a great way to get more exercise into your life. Dancing requires incredible core strength, as well as, the stamina to get through a tough routine. Even if you will never be a professional dancer, learning to dance is a fun way to incorporate physical fitness into your free time, as well as a fun way to meet new people.

Simple push-ups can actually tone your triceps. Try doing a push up with your hands turned in forty five degrees. By doing this, you can tone up the muscles you normally don’t work.

A great way to get fit is to buy a few workout DVDs and use them at your own pace. The great thing about these is that you can go at your own pace. You can pause the DVD if you’re feeling tired, unlike in a class setting.


Get great abdominal muscles by not exercising them every single day. You need to treat this area like you would any other muscle group in your body, by giving it rest in between vigorous workouts. Try to limit your ab exercises to about 2 to 3 times a week, for the best results.

If you take the time to read these tips and put them to work, you will be a lot closer to achieving your goals. Nothing can stop you from reaching your goals when you are motivated and continue to

Easy Health Changes That Make A Difference

There is never a better time for getting fit and losing weight than at the beginning of a new year. The psychological edge you get from closing out on the past year and looking forward to the next, translates into firmer resolve and stronger motivation. Those two factors, resolve and motivation, are key to making life changes you will want to keep.

As well as the mental benefits of hitting the healthy ground running in the new year, it is often easier to shed the extra pounds from over the party season – a fantastic way of getting your new campaign off to a positive start. We all over-indulge during the festive period and probably consume more rich, fatty foods and alcohol than at any other time of year. Look on the bright side, pounds that are gained quickly and easily over a few days in the holidays are often easiest to shed – kicking off your new weight loss plan brilliantly.

Eating health is always a good start.

So, now that we are all agreed that right now is the perfect time to begin discovering our super healthy alter-egos, let’s think about the easy, practical steps to success.

Medical science, dieticians and nutritionists all agree on one thing. If we consume more energy in calories than we burn off through exertion, eventually the weight will pile on. To address this simple and cast-iron formula, all we need do is take in less calories and exercise more. Of course, in theory this sounds like a no-brainer, it’s just actually doing it on a daily basis that’s more tricky.

Look at the food in your cupboards and in the fridge. Okay, you have pizza planned for supper and you’re feeling very worthy because the chorizo option has been ditched in favour of a vegetarian special. In reality, there’s probably little difference in terms of fat and calorific value between the two. Sorry to burst your bubble, but pizzas, with their tempting, cheesy toppings and doughy bases are the ultimate diet breakers, and should be avoided. If you must have pizza,it is far better to put together a home-made version, this way you can control the ingredients and make sure they are the low fat/low calorie,high fibre choices. Yes, there are low fat cheeses out there! Take a harder look in the chilled goods section next time you visit the supermarket.

Running is a great life change you can make which is free.

A healthy diet is one that is high in fibre and low in saturated and trans fats, salt and sugar. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and complex carbohydrates to get your body into condition. Healthy eating products can sometimes be misleading, because even though they state they are fat free, for example, they may be really high in sugar. It is essential to get wise and familiarise yourself with the language of labelling and ingredients on the products you buy. Avoiding processed, pre-prepared meals is a good idea as they are usually crammed with calories – cooking stuff yourself from scratch may be more time consuming, but it’s healthier, often cheaper and more sociable.

Before starting off on a new health regime, confer with your doctor. Checking things such as blood pressure and cholesterol could be the gentle push you need towards getting healthier.

As well as diet, exercise is key. It’s never too late to learn a new sport and there are millions of people all over the country enjoying sport as a valued and sociable part of their lives. Organised social netball leagues at have really taken off in the London area, for example. Open to players of all abilities, gender and age, these fun netball leagues give the opportunity to get fit and have a laugh at the same time.

If that sounds too strenuous, think about fitting more physical activity into your day. Can you walk to work instead of drive? Consider getting a dog, or ‘borrow’ one from someone who perhaps doesn’t have time or fitness to walk it themselves. Dust off the bicycle in the garage and go to the shops, instead of using the car. Look into taking up yoga to increase your physical flexibility and mental focus. Sign up for dancing classes, they are everywhere now following the success of Strictly. Getting fit needn’t be a chore; select the right activity and it could enrich your life in ways you haven’t contemplated.

By making lots of small changes to your lifestyle in the areas of nutrition and exercise, you can ring some big changes in your overall well-being. Don’t be afraid, and don’t delay – there couldn’t be a better time.

Image credits: Adrian Michael and Paul David (busy running!)

Reasons to join a Kickboxing class in the New Year

Well, it’s that time of year again, the days are colder and shorter, the nights are even colder and longer, there are sparkling lights and decorated trees up everywhere, and almost every single advertisement and program that you lay eyes on is food and drink related. Yes, it’s Christmas time! Christmas is a time for family, friends, and generosity, but it’s also a time for overindulgence and sometimes even, plain gluttony. For the last two or so weeks leading up to Christmas and the New Year, many of us say “forget the diet” and just pig out and eat and drink as much as we want. We have parties, more junk food laying round the home, we often cut back on our gym and exercise sessions, and as a result, the average person gains an average of 16lbs over the festive season.

Come January 1st however, many of us are sick of the sight of junk food and alcohol, and are shocked by just how much weight we’ve actually gained. It’s no wonder then, that so many people set a New Year’s resolution to get fitter and healthier. The new year for many businesses is a slow and steady time of year, as people are watching their spending, gym owners however, see great business as so many people are looking to get in shape. If you’re one of these people, then a great alternative to a generic gym, is to join a kickboxing classes instead. Here are a few reasons why.


Kickboxing and martial arts are great fat busting activities – Did you know, that the average gym session, lasting just over one hour, burns just 500 calories? Now, 45 minutes of martial arts and kickboxing, has the potential to burn off a staggering 1100 calories! Martial arts and kickboxing are simply fantastic for anybody looking to lose fat fast, and improve their health and fitness.

You learn a new life skill – Kickboxing and martial arts can offer you so much more than just a quick fix to get rid of your Christmas weight and improve your fitness. Kickboxing offers you the chance to learn a new life skill that could very well help you to defend yourself, or somebody else, in the future. Hopefully it will never come to that, but failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.

It’s enjoyable – Getting fitter and healthier should be enjoyable and rewarding, and kickboxing most certainly ticks those boxes. It’s great fun, you’re constantly learning new routines and movements, and no two workouts are exactly alike. It isn’t one of the most popular forms of physical exercise in the entire world for nothing you know.

You get to meet new people – Every single New Year, people decide to join kickboxing classes for a whole number of reasons. Many of them are like you, and could be complete beginners, so right away you have something in common. Kickboxing classes are great places to meet new people, and make new friends, or who knows, maybe even potential romantic partners as well? The classes are very much group orientated so nobody will be left out or isolated.