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What makes you #SwimHappy?

on 4th April 2017

Whether you swim to compete, swim for fitness, take a dip on holiday, or just want to spend some time in the water with the Family, Zoggs wants to celebrate what makes you #SwimHappy!

It’s well known that taking a dip releases those much needed endorphins. You don’t believe us? A recent study by British Gas SwimBritain conducted by MindLab (2014) ‘The secret to happiness? Swimming has all the answers’ highlights how much swimming can truly help when it comes to positivity, motivation and overall levels of wellbeing. By adding a few laps of the pool into the weekly schedule they found:

  • A reported increase of 35% in positivity.
  • Taking a dip increases energy levels by 51% and fitness levels by 15%.
  • While swimming is low impact, it increases the levels of sleep quality by 40%, and those swimming more than 2.5 hours a week their quality of sleep at least doubled.
  • The participants negative emotions decreased by 33%, while the positive emotions increased on average 35%.
  • Overall it was found that levels of wellbeing increased on average 20%.

    Aqua Flex - Men relaxing in the pool

    While figures are useful, sometimes there is no better way to find out what makes you #SwimHappy than jumping in! Need some inspiration on how to discover your excuse for a swim? Check out Zoggs top tips:

    • Swim with friends - Solo lane swims not for you? Why not join a swimming club or collect together your friends and set some fun challenges, race each other or just have a gossip at the end of the lane when you want a break.
    • Set yourself a training routine – If you need some motivation to keep swimming set yourself a target and a training routine to achieve it. Whether they are training sets of 10 or 20, they are a great way of staying motivated as well as keeping count of those lengths you’ve done.
    • Try out something different – Pool based activities have been increasing in popularity recently with the development of Aqua Aerobics or Aqua Zumba. These are great ways to still get exercise in a low impact environment. If you are looking for something a little more challenging there is always sports such as Synchronised Swimming or Water Polo.
    • Games! – This can be great when you are swimming with the family. Games could be creating Fun Relays using multiple strokes or using Zoodles. You could also dive for treasure with Dive Sticks or Clam Hunt. Games don’t necessarily only work for the family, they can also help motivate solo swims. Visit the Zoggs Blog, Fun and Games if you need more inspiration on games for your swim session.
    • Tune Out! – Had a stressful week and just need some time to clear your head or solve some problems, Swimming is great at giving you that chance to escape the hectic, busy world and jump into the peace and quiet of the water.

    Most of all HAVE FUN! Whichever way you choose to #SwimHappy make sure you enjoy it. Don’t make swimming a chore, but something you look forward to every week.

    Lady jumping out a pool

    How can you get involved?

    Post and comment on your swim selfies, images and videos across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag in @ZoggsUK and #SwimHappy to enter our #SwimHappy Hall of Fame . There will be FIVE LUCKY WINNERS each month, including a £50 Zoggs prize bundle! (T&Cs apply) So… what are you waiting for… tell us what makes you #SwimHappy!

    https://www.facebook.com/ZoggsUK/

    https://twitter.com/ZoggsUK/

    https://www.instagram.com/ZoggsUK/

    T&Cs - #Swimhappy competition runs from 01/04/17-30/06/17, 5 prizes per month consisting of a Zoggs bundle to the value of £50, the prizes are only available to UK and ROI entrants only. By sharing your selfie you give consent to your image being used for advertising and promotional purposes.

    Family Playing in the Pool