Swimming is an exercise that benefits the whole body and it's ideal way to strengthen your muscles. Accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability, swimming makes you feel stronger and healthier. What's more if you mix your strokes, you can target different parts of your body. Front crawl for example is great for the upper body and strengthening muscles in your back, abdomen and torso with breaststroke good for the lower limbs. Because it's low impact and supports up to 90% of the body, swimming is also ideal for injured athletes. The perfect way to keep fit and stay active.
As with all exercise, swimming releases endorphins in the brain. But there's something therapeutic about being in the water. Not only does it help you relax your body, clear your mind and reduce anxiety, it's said to reduce stress more so than any other sport. It also boosts brain health and mood plus you can do it with your mates!
As well as the obvious benefits, swimming can help keep your blood pressure low, reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes. The humid environment can make swimming a great activity for those of you with asthma - helping breathing and lung capacity.
Swimming is one of the best ways to burn calories. A gentle 30 minute swim can burn twice as many calories as walking with a faster longer swim burning up to 500 calories per hour!
Finally, swimmers are said to be biologically younger with those heading to pool regularly helping blood pressure, cholesterol levels and cardiovascular performance along with the central nervous system.
This year marks the centenary of the end of WW1 which saw over a million service men and women lose their lives. The We Remember Them campaign, founded by Simon Wright and Deane Hitchens-Orr, was created to raise money for The Royal
The Zoggs Swim Diaries series focuses on people who are taking on a personal challenge whether it be learning to swim, working towards a specific goal or doing something extraordinary. Many of you have a story to tell and that's what we love about the Zoggs Swim Diaries.
This guest post is by Natalie Ray from Plutonium Sox who is taking on the Aspire Channel Swim this year. Natalie is a family, travel and lifestyle blogger who is mum to two girls aged 4 and 6. She lives in rural Worcestershire with her husband, the girls and a dog called Bubbles. Over to Natalie...
Some of my earliest memories involve swimming. Ploughing up and down a pool to swim a mile at five years old. Waiting at galas with friends, giggling together on poolside and knowing that once we got into that water, I’d do anything to beat them. Then there were the early mornings as a teenager, training before school. Getting up in the dark and wondering most days why I was putting myself through it.
By the time I went to university, my competitive swimming days were behind me. I’d train with the university club and compete at the BUSA National Championships. But the hangover from hell kept me out of the final I’d qualified for.
Years later, a chance meeting with an old swimming friend led me to try out water polo. I was in my late 20s, too old to ever be much good at a sport I’d just started. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable way to pass the time. It was great exercise but never felt like a chore because it was so much fun.
Ten years on, I’m still playing. Infrequently and I never did get very good at it. But it has led on to other things. Friends from the water polo team accompanied me when I swam the Solent and did triathlons. An impromptu hen-do to a polo tournamen
The London City Swim, sponsored by Zoggs, takes place on September 21st at the Royal Victoria Dock in London. The aim of the swim is to bring together hundreds of swimmers who want to make a difference by raising money for Motor Neurone Disease. The London City Swim is a partner swim to the Amsterdam city swim. The purpose of both these swims is to raise money towards researching a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. The Swim is supported by (and supports) the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Stephen Hawking Foundation.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND. They're a membership organisation with 9,000 members and over 7,000 active volunteers, and 170 paid staff, dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND, now and in the future. One key reasons the Stephen Hawking Foundation was founded is to facilitate and support work relating to Motor Neurone Disease and those living with the disease. The Stephen Hawking Foundation was launched
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