Even with the best of intentions, swimming regularly can sometimes be easier said than done.
Many people learn to swim at school but gradually stop as life gets in the way. But with the benefits of swimming outlined in these pages, there's no excuse for not returning to the pool.
In our personal stories, you can read how other people have changed their lives by taking up swimming again.
Fiona gave up on the idea of swimming again after a 13-operation battle against cancer. A mastectomy left her at her lowest ebb both physically and psychologically and she decided swimming again would be the best way to return some normality to her life.
Her initial attempts left her with a sense of what she had lost but Fiona persevered, overcoming mastectomy swimming costumes and public liability issues at pool changing rooms to eventually competing in a disability swimming race.
Bill had also stopped exercise after undergoing a double leg amputation. He was a regular swimmer before his operation but a life-changing holiday with his family changed his perspective and he vowed to take up swimming again.
It became clear Bill would have to re-learn how to swim without legs but after building up his confidence in the water, he found swimming had unexpected health benefits. His overall fitness and breathing improved, he shed four stone which assisted with his mobility and his stumps became softer as swimming helped ease the pain from them.
Jill learned how to swim at school but never really enjoyed it. But with a stressful life, she decided to investigate how much swimming would help relax her away from work.
The use of goggles put paid to her dislike of putting her head under the surface and Jill found swimming was the perfect escape from her stressful life.
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