New study finds swimming makes you happy

13 June 2014

A new study by Mindlab International has revealed that swimming does in fact make you happy.

The study, conducted on behalf of British Gas SwimBritain, shows that making a splash at your local pool can make you feel happier, as well as offering all of the health benefits swimming can bring.

"This research is really good news for the sport, and something I’ve always known anyway," - Rebecca AdlingtonMany people would not consider swimming the best route to take for leading a healthier lifestyle, instead looking at sports like running and cycling to get them active.

However, not only is swimming one of the most efficient activities for working all of the core muscles and burning calories, but this new study has also revealed that low impact sports like swimming are an all round solution for improving quality of life.

Four-time Olympic medallist Becky Adlington said: “Swimming is obviously close to my heart and it’s my goal to help the nation rediscover their love of the water, so this research is really good news for the sport, and something I’ve always known anyway.

“The fact that it has significant benefits both in body and mind is a great reason to get back in the pool and that’s why I am a big fan of British Gas SwimBritain.”

The study shows that participants doing a low impact sport like swimming saw increased levels of fitness by 15%, increased sleep quality by 40% and increased overall energy levels by 51% over the course of four weeks.

The report also found that participants who took to the pool showed an increase in overall positivity of over 35%, which further supports the idea that swimming is not only great for physical wellbeing, it can also have a major effect on mental wellbeing too.

SwimBritain is the ideal event to go along and try swimming. If you are not a massive swimmer already, you can team up with friends or family and have a go at some fun and friendly competition.

It provides the whole country with an opportunity to not only have a fun filled day out, but also to discover a love of swimming that can make a huge impact on general health and wellbeing.

If you already have a love of swimming and you are looking for a way to motivate yourself to get back into the pool, the ASA and British Gas Swimfit programme is an ideal way to keep to a gym style routine from the comfort of the pool.