The benefits of mental health and swimming are widely known. A few months ago, a YouGov study (commissioned by Swim England), found it reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression for 1.4 million adults in Britain. Almost half (492,000) said swimming resulted in fewer visits to see a medical professional about their mental health. It also revealed nearly half a million people had stopped or reduced medication for their mental health due to swimming. When asked how swimming affected day to day life, 43% said it made them feel happier. The video below shows how swimming in a pool can have a positive impact on mental well being. You can also see how its made a difference to people like Wanda, Pam, Steve, Paul and Lindsay by watching their stories on the Swim England YouTube channel.
If you're looking to improve your swimming technique, have a watch of our training videos, all of which feature James Goddard. James is an award winning British competitive and backstroke swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships. He swam for England in the Commonwealth Games and also runs regular swim training camps throughout Europe.
We've included 6 swimming technique videos that will help you improve your stroke. From freestyle (front crawl), freestyle breathing and tumble turns to mastering that breaststroke, backstroke and even butterfly. We've also included our training aid films, great for those of you that use a kickboard, Finz, pull buoy or hand paddles.
Swimming benefits the whole body and it's an ideal way to strengthen your muscles making your feel stronger and healthier. If you mix up your strokes, you can target different parts of your body - it's the best way to burn calories. What's more you may find swimming relaxes you, clears your mind and reduces anxiety. Head over to our website if fancy browsing swimwear or goggles and do let us know how you're getting on on social.