Do you know the oldest swimmer in town?
What’s the best thing about swimming? At the ASA we think one of the best things about getting in the pool is that almost anyone can do it.
We’ve caught up with a group of inspirational seniors who are still making a Big Splash up and down the country.
Swimming really is one of the most accessible sports and it provides a range of physical, mental and social benefits no matter what your age or ability, something that our senior swimmers are testament to.
Taking a dip in your local pool for just 30 minutes can burn up to 350Kcal, whilst fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an 8mph run.
There is also a growing body of evidence to suggest that diseases and conditions, such as osteoporosis, which could lead to loss of function and independence in later life could be prevented by swimming regularly.
Swimming can also help to reduce blood pressure, control cholesterol levels by boosting your metabolism and lower the risk of cancer by strengthening your immune system.
Not only can swimming help to promote good health, it also provides some key mental and social benefits.
Over 2 million people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter months, due to the reduced daylight hours. Swimming can increase energy and boost the levels of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin in the brain. A relaxing swim for just half an hour once a week can also improve your mental wellbeing by relieving stress and anxiety.
No matter what your age, swimming is a great social activity and the pool provides the perfect location to socialise with friends and meet new people who share your interests.
If you think you know one of the ‘Oldest Swimmers in Town’ please send their name, contact details and a brief outline of their story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image courtesy of North Devon Journal