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Jill’s Story: Swimming for relaxation

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Jill learnt the basics of swimming at school but never really enjoyed it and in particular hated putting her head underwater.

I was out of my comfort zone when I tried to learn to swim again - but I found I had stepped into a whole new comfort zone.

However, at a time when she was living a very stressful life, Jill took the decision to learn how to swim properly so she could enjoy the relaxation benefits.

Despite being sceptical about learning a new skill and remembering her struggles when she first learnt, she soon felt at ease.

“I decided to step out of my comfort zone when I tried to learn to swim again,” said Jill. “But I found I had stepped into a whole new comfort zone.

“It wasn’t really until I started wearing goggles that I started feeling a real difference. I felt safe for the first time with my head under the water.”

After a series of lessons, Jill became completely water confident and a competent swimmer.

And she admits swimming had the desired effect on reducing her levels of stress.

“I find it so relaxing – almost meditative,” said Jill. “Sometimes when I’m not feeling great, I think about not going.

“But then, I go for a few minutes in the water and end up swimming for an hour and coming out feeling so much better.”

As well as bringing some calm to her stressful life, she soon discovered another health benefit from regular swimming, eventually losing more than 7 stone.

"Swimming now fills the gap that might get filled otherwise by a hunk of cheese!"

While Jill continued to be a regular swimmer for some time, her enthusiasm for swimming was tested when she experienced a knee injury.

This led her to stop visiting the pool and consequently lose motivation to return – Jill had fallen out of her routine.

However, Jill won a competition in her local paper for an Everyday Swim lesson with Duncan Goodhew where she received individual advice from him.

This proved to be a key moment for Jill as the enthusiasm and inspiration felt from Duncan really motivated her to return to the pool.

Jill became a supporter of the Everyday Swim project and shared her experience in an Everyday Swim DVD and at a Swim Conference.

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    1.37pm 19th January 2012
    Charlie

    I never really thought about the relaxation benefits of swimming in swimming pools.  It is great to hear that Jill found a comfort in swimming.  I think that it is good for people to step out of their comfort zones sometimes.  You never know when you will discover a new passion like swimming to help you with relaxation.

Go Swimming has everything you need to know about swimming. If you are a parent, a non swimmer or just want to improve your technique this is the section for you.

In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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