Swim Fins

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Swim fins come in a vast range of shapes, sizes and colors to fit whatever you're planning to do with them. Also known as leg flippers, they are designed to increase your resistance in the water so that you can move farther and faster.

The Goal Is To Swim Faster

One of the goals of swimming with fins is to swim faster when you take them off. In other words, fins should be building your muscles. However, if you pick fins that are too big for you, especially if you are a beginner, you will be exposing your leg muscles to unnecessary strain, which could even be dangerous.

To pick the right size of fins for you, consult with your dealer who'll be able to advise you on this. It is particularly important that you make sure your kids don't buy fins that are too large for them. Overworking the leg muscles could cause cramps, which can be dangerous to swimmers.

When you pick the right swim fins for you, you will be adding to your performance and increasing your fitness level and cardiovascular training. Correctly designed fins will mean that you use the muscles of your entire leg and not just your foot muscles. Continued fin use will increase the flexibility of your ankles-a benefit that could spill over into other sports that you practice. If nothing else, it will keep your joints younger for longer.


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