Many people like to use swimming as a recovery exercise, or as an alternative way to cool down after running or other strenuous workouts. There are some runners who may want to wear their regular running shorts for swimming, but is it safe to do so?
The answer is yes. Running shorts are made of lightweight, quick-drying materials that can be worn in the pool. They can also be layered with swim trunks if needed to provide extra coverage and support for the legs. However, swimming in running shorts isn’t recommended for all runners, especially those with a skin condition that can be aggravated by chlorine or sunlight. It’s best to have dedicated swimwear for the pool, or to purchase a pair of hybrid running/swim shorts for the best results.
Hybrid running/swim shorts are designed to be used for both runs and swimming, so they don’t have the same limitations as purpose-built swimwear. They can be a great option for triathletes and those who don’t want to spend time changing before heading out for a run or swim. Some brands have designed their hybrid shorts to meet a number of different needs, for example, by including more pockets or by offering varying lengths.
Most running shorts are made from a variety of synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and spandex. These fabrics are quick-drying and nonabsorbent, which makes them a suitable choice for swimming in. In addition, they can wick sweat away and help keep runners comfortable, cool, and dry during their workouts. In comparison, cotton is a much slower-drying fabric and will absorb moisture, making it uncomfortable to wear in the water.
Some running shorts also have a built-in liner to offer additional support and help prevent chafing between the legs, particularly during long runs. These liners are usually made of mesh briefs or spandex-type compression tights, and can be found in a range of inseam lengths from 5 to 11 inches. Some of the best running/swim hybrid shorts are those with a high waistline to accommodate most runners’ tummies and include a large pocket that can hold a phone, 500mL soft flask, emergency wind shell, or fuel.
The best running/swim hybrid shorts will also be durable, have a good fit, and be comfortable while wearing them for both running and swimming. They should be lightweight, quick-drying, and have a good level of support, and they should be able to stand up to chlorine and other harsh chemicals in the swimming pool.
When choosing a pair of running/swim hybrid shorts, be sure to check reviews to see what other users have said about the size and durability of the product. You should also look at the number of pockets and whether any of them are closed. The most important thing is to find a pair of hybrid running/swim bottoms that suit you. With a wide selection of styles and lengths available, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.
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