Swim For Fitness

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Swimming is a great way to improve your health and fitness, no matter how active you already are.

Even a gentle swim can burn more than 200 Kcal in half an hour. A fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run!

If you’re not a calorie counter, the benefits go on. From relaxing your mind and body, to lowering your risk of disease and increasing your energy levels.

Why Swim? The Facts!

  • Swimming can support up to 9 per cent of the body’s weight in the water. So whether you have a long term injury or illness, or simply a sprained ankle, swimming is a great way to stay fit.
  • Thirty minutes of hard work in the pool equates to 45 minutes of the same level on land! Essentially, the fact that swimming is such a full body workout means you’re getting a lot more out of it than walking, running or cycling.
  • At least one in six people in Britain suffer from depression at any one time. Rhythmic and aerobic forms of exercise such as swimming can improve psychological well-being. Research has found swimming lowers stress levels, reduces anxiety and depression and improves your sleeping patterns.

Get Involved

So you’re convinced that swimming is a great way to stay fit. The next step is finding a pool!

Type your postcode into Swim England’s PoolFinder below to find your nearest public facilities.

If you fancy swimming – or trying a different aquatic sport – with a club, take a look through our Clubs pages.

But it doesn’t just have to be swimming lanes. Why not speak to your local pool about their AquaFit or AquaZumba classes?