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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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Top tips to improve your lap times

For the beginners among us who are looking to become more competitive, practising your laps is essential to becoming a winner....

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Ecotech materials: can they save the planet?

On World Oceans Day, people organise events and celebrations which bring everyone together to learn about the oceans, change people’s perspectives on what the ocean means to them, and encourage crea...

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World Environment Day: Thinking better to live more sustainably

If you follow our blog, you’ll know that Maru is a huge supporter of the environment. That’s why we’re looking forward to World Environment Day on 5 June 2019....

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Cycling or swimming: is one better than the other?

Cycling is a favourite hobby for many people, young and old. But so is swimming. So which one reigns supreme as the best? Why not both?...

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International Learn to Swim Day - It’s never too late

Learning to swim opens the doors to a brilliant array of new hobbies and exercises. If you can swim, you’ll be able to benefit from the brilliant physical changes that swimming can bring....

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Appreciating our oceans this Mother Ocean Day

It’s hard to ignore everything we hear about the ocean, especially since it’s mostly doom and gloom. We’re dealing with unfathomable amounts of plastic pollution and reduction in biodiversity wh...

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Can you handle an open water swimming event?

Everyone likes wading in the ocean on holiday or cooling off in the summer at a nearby lake. But as much as we like swimming, doing it in open water is a different beast....

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This Marine Mammal Rescue Day, let’s change for good!

In 2017, the Senate of the State of California declared 27th April to be Marine Mammal Rescue Day. It may have originated in America, but it’s something we all need to pay attention to....

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It’s Earth Day 2019 - how can we swim better for the planet?

Earth Day is a global event that inspires people to take part in the largest civic-focused day of environmental action in the world....

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Why doing a triathlon can benefit your swimming and your life

A fresh new challenge can completely revitalise your training, and in many ways, it could change your life. Perhaps this is the reason for the growing number of triathlon competitors in the UK....

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How swimmers can stay fit in light of World Health Day

It’s April and spring is well underway. But, while most people are thinking about their summer bod, we think World Health Day, taking place on the 7th of April, is the perfect opportunity to think a...

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