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Try this: the ballerina-approved pool workout

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Swimming and summer go together like avocado and toast. There’s no better way to escape the brutal humidity and heat than to dive in and instantly cool off after a Bikram yoga class, sweaty boot camp, or—if you live in New York City—a quick ride on the subway

But taking a dip doesn’t have to be reserved for post-HIIT cool-downs. In fact, you can use that pool time in place of your daily workout, says Mary Helen Bowers, founder of Ballet Beautiful.

“I love to layer in laps with my ballet workouts in the summer months,” she says. It not only gives her some summer-in-the-city relief, but it’s an incredibly low-impact workout that seriously packs a punch—sans sweat!

Her go-to swimming workout generally includes both a breaststroke and a freestyle stroke for about 40 minutes. “I think about stretching as long as I can through the water and keeping my abs pulled in tight,” she says. “It’s such a good complement to ballet because it stretches you long and lean in the same way, but it would be just as effective alongside any other workout as well.”

As far as fashion goes, just because you need a swimsuit that’s sturdy enough to exercise in doesn’t mean you have to give up on style. Bowers loves TYR suits, specifically for the fun colors and full coverage on the chest and back, but they’re hardly your only option. One-pieces are seriously in these days, so you’ll have no shortage of cool suits.

Scroll down to see five of the cutest swimsuits, perfect for swimming laps or just diving in to cool off.

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Forever 21 Clashist Pool Water One Piece, $120

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Mara Hoffman Low Back One Piece, $212

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N.L.P Hi V.I.S. One Piece, $150

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Karla Colletto Parallel High Neck Swimsuit, $299

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Seafolly Summer Vibe Halter One Piece, $162

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