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Maru News and Blogs

Can sports give us more self-confidence and self-esteem?

Even though they relate to similar things, self-confidence and self-esteem have different meanings. The way they affect our lives and the way we develop them vary, but they’re both important when it...

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Don’t let your height get in the way of success in the pool

Before you look at us like we’re crazy, your height can affect the way you swim. Even worse, unless you’re still growing, you can’t exactly change your height. But don’t panic! While height ca...

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Top tips for training in the off-season

One of the hardest things to do during the off-season is staying motivated to swim. If you want to be in top condition during the competitive season, the off-season is a time you should use to get rea...

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Bog snorkelling: Wales’ mind-boggling water sport

Bog snorkelling is exactly what it says on the tin. Competitors are required to snorkel through muddy bogs hoping to win a championship title. Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet listed it as one of ...

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Behind the scenes at Maru: An interview with our very own Jill Thorpe

Do you ever wonder what it takes for the Maru team to bring these designs to life? As a garment and technical specialist at Maru, Jill Thorpe was able to give us all the juicy details about what goes ...

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And breathe: calming your competition nerves

Everyone gets nervous before a big competition or race. Regardless of your sport, skill level, or confidence, you can feel anxious about your performance. And, in some ways, nerves are a good thing....

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Earplugs, goggles, and swimming caps - are they really necessary?

Today, we’re talking about swimming equipment. From goggles to swimming caps to earplugs. What you use comes down to your personal preferences, what type of swimming you do, and what makes you the m...

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Jobs in swimming - do you know what you want to be?

Not wanting to be a pro swimmer doesn’t mean you have to leave the sport altogether. There are plenty of jobs in the swimming industry that don’t revolve around competing. Let’s take a look....

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Five ways to help you wake up for early training sessions 

Although it’s a struggle to get up, you end up more energised and motivated after an early morning workout. There are plenty of things you can do to make these early sessions a little bit easier....

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A guide to S/S20 Maru back styles

At Maru, we take swimwear very seriously. It’s clear from our collections we aren’t afraid of a bold print or bright colours. But equally important to us is that our suits are functional. We’re ...

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World Wildlife Conservation Day: what can you do?

On this World Wildlife Conservation Day, on December 4th, we are more aware than ever that the world is in the middle of a biodiversity crisis....

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Do you prefer the carrot or stick method of coaching? Take our quiz to find out

As athletes, we’re all different. Some of us rely on brute strength, others on impeccable technique, and some of us on sheer determination. In training, what method is the best at pushing you toward...

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Everything you need to know about para-swimming

This September saw the World Para Swimming Championships 2019 held in London. Following on from their success, and with the Tokyo Paralympics just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to promote p...

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Being charitable goes a long way

Last month we had the International Day of Charity and, since then, we’ve been thinking about how being charitable helps the world and people around us....

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Opening the world to swimming this World Swim Day

Get your swimming costume on - it’s nearly World Swim Day! World Swim Day takes place on the fourth Saturday of October each year. This year marks another successful day of raising awareness and mon...

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Five tips for protecting your hair and skin from chlorine 

We all love swimming. Well, 47% of the UK do at least! It’s a fun form of exercise that keeps us active and can challenge us physically. But there’s one thing we all dislike about swimming in a po...

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World Mental Health Day: swimming towards a happier you

This October 10th is World Mental Health Day; a day to encourage the education, awareness, and support of mental health issues. 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each yea...

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Going the distance: should you be a sprint or distance swimmer?

Sprinting and distance swimming have a lot of similarities. But they also demand different things. Which you choose will affect your training and approach to the sport....

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Back to school: the importance of learning to swim

Learning to swim is an important part of primary school education in the UK. Despite this, figures show one in three children cannot swim by the time they leave for secondary school....

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What are the best foods for a healthy brain, heart, and body?

We all know how brilliant swimming can be for the body. It helps build physical strength and even helps you work on keeping a healthy mind. But to fuel these amazing benefits, you need balance in the ...

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What winning breakfast can you eat before training?

If you want to win like a champion you need to eat like a champion. And it starts with the most important meal of the day: breakfast!...

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What to pack in your competition bag

When you’re at a competition and trying to get your head in the game, the last thing you need is the panic of realising you’ve forgotten something important. You want to make sure you have everyth...

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Swimming in open water vs a pool: considerations to make

The sport of swimming is versatile. You can compete with different strokes, distances, and even the water you swim in. Some people prefer the calm, organised precision of the pool, while others like t...

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Four amazing holiday destinations for outdoor swimming

This list of the best places for outdoor swimming across the world might be a matter of opinion. But, in honour of this up-and-down summer we’ve been having, we’ve got a collection of some of...

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We couldn’t swim without lifeguards: How you can get involved

Whether it’s for leisure, exercise, or competition, lots of us enjoy swimming. But none of us would be able to swim safely if it weren’t for lifeguards. Whether it’s baby swimming lessons or an ...

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Top techniques to keep your head in the game

While sports need physical skill and technique, they’re just as much a mental game. It’s important that alongside training for your sport, you work hard to keep your mind clear and your head in th...

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How to stay safe when swimming in the sea

Outdoor swimming is rapidly growing. It’s a challenging sport with a great community hosting events and socials around the sport. It’s exhilarating, with people seeking the natural high that can...

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What type of swimming costume is best for your training?

Swimwear you’d take on a beach holiday is very different to something you would wear for a competition. So, with a wide range of options out there, what type of swimming costume is best for you?...

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How can swimming benefit your mental health?

It’s no secret that exercise and sports can have a positive impact on your mental well-being. It’s been a popular idea for decades, so much so, professional health bodies like the NHS list physica...

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Are pro athletes vulnerable to mental health problems?

The pressure that comes with competitive sports can sometimes take its toll on your mental health. No sport is worth sacrificing your personal well-being for, so why does this happen?...

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