Swim your way to long term health and wellbeing
Many people these days are leading increasingly inactive lifestyles, which is expected to result in many more suffering from health problems and chronic diseases in the future. By making a small change to your routine, it can have a huge impact on your health. Instead of going for a swift pint go for a swift swim! Or maybe you watch too much tele? Why not swap the sofa for the pool and you will soon see the improvements to your health and fitness levels.
Swimming for 30 minutes at least once a week offers a whole host of health benefits including controlling cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure, lowering the risk of cancer and preventing osteoporosis. It can burn up to 350 calories, helping with weight loss. Just think how easy it could be to fit in a quick swim, in a quiet daytime period at your local pool or even an over 50’s dedicated session. Read more about the health benefits of swimming.
It’s not just your physical health that swimming has a positive impact on - it improves your mental well being, helps you to feel more motivated and boosts your energy levels.
Swimming is also a great way to spend quality time with your family and one in three children say swimming is their favourite activity. You’ll definitely be the favourite grandparent when you offer to take them swimming!
If you’re not a confident swimmer, it’s never too late to learn. The first step is enrolling in swimming lessons to gain the skills to be safe in and around the water. Most pools and swim schools offer adult classes in a friendly and supportive environment that follow the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Programme, the most successful sports programme of its kind and your assurance of quality.
Think you’re a bit too long in the tooth to head off to your local pool? Think again… these hardy individuals show you’re surely not the oldest swimmer in town just yet!