Health benefits

  1. Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming
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    Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming

    Check out the newest top 10 reasons to take up OPEN WATER SWIMMING - Courtesy of Adam Walker

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  2. How swimming benefits mental health
    How swimming benefits mental health

    How swimming benefits mental health

    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.

     

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  3. Training tips: Improve your swimming technique
    Training tips: Improve your swimming technique

    Training tips: Improve your swimming technique

    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.

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    Freestyle (front crawl)
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    Freestyle (front crawl)
    https://youtu.be/ISzrSU3bBZ4
    Tumble turns: How to change direction quickly under water
    https://youtu.be/9aefCaQKZpo
    How to master breaststroke
    https://youtu.be/VYLb1MRIyk0
    How to finesse backstroke (back crawl)
    https://youtu.be/B_AzikPZfdk
    How to master the butterfly
    https://youtu.be/oncZ6OeVexw
    How to use a Zoggs kickboard when training to build strength.
    This video will help improve your body position in the water
    and your focus on your lower body, strengthening your muscles.
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    How to use Zoggs Finz to improve your swimming.
    Designed to aid swimmers in their training to improve on their endurance
    and reduce muscle fatigue. Our Finz will help you make the most out
    of workout and
    perfect your stroke technique.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVeFfyDrJAg&t=0s&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=1
    How to use a Zoggs Pull Buoy.
    This video will take you through using a Pull buoy effectively to help isolate
    the upper body, to improve upper body strength and allow you to focus
    on your stroke technique.
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    How to improve your technique and build speed with hand paddles.strong>
    This video will show you that using Hand Paddles are a fantastic training aid
    for those looking to improve their stroke technique. They
    will increase
    your workout and improve your fitness achieved from regular swims.

    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.

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  4. New study finds swimming benefits mental health
    New study finds swimming benefits mental health

    New study finds swimming benefits mental health

    According to a new study from YouGov, commissioned by Swim England, swimming significantly reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression for 1.4 million adults in Britain. Almost half a million of these adults (492,000) say swimming has resulted in fewer visits to a medical professional

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  5. Improve your heart health with swimming
    Improve your heart health with swimming

    Improve your heart health with swimming

    The health benefits of swimming are widely known. Whether you want to feel stronger and healthier, relax and reduce stress or burn those calories, it's a great all round exercise. With October being National Cholesterol Month, we thought we'd take a look at how swimming and eating more healthily can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

    Coronary heart disease is caused when your heart's blood supply is blocked by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries. Adopting an active lifestyle and swimming can significantly reduce the risks. Even if you swim for 30 minutes three times a week, you can reduce your blood pressure level. Swimming will also help you burn fat which will help reduce cholesterol. In addition, swimming can also raise the good cholesterol and boost your metabolism. What's more 30 minutes in the pool is the equivalent to 45 minutes exercise on land and you could burn up to 500 calories an hour!

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    Choosing a healthy diet that's low in saturated fat will help keep your cholesterol levels lower. Heart UK recommends you include these six super foods in your diet which are known to further reduce cholesterol levels.

    Soya foods - the special proteins in soya also appear to influence how the body regulates cholesterol with studies showing you can lower your cholesterol by around 6% with as little as 15g of soya protein. Nuts - rich in vegetable protein, fibre and unsaturated fats, a handful of nuts has the potential to lower cholesterol by 5%. Oats and barley - rich in a form of soluble fibre, once eaten the beta glucan becomes a gel which helps bind cholesterol in the intestines and prevent it from being absorbed.

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    Foods fortified with plant sterols and stanols - these have been known to reduce cholesterol for some time. Naturally found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables, the recommended intake is 1.5-2.4g plant sterols/stanols every day. Fruit and vegetables - all fruit and veg reduces helps to keep saturated fat intake low. Try to have at least one pulse (beans, peas, lentils) everyday. Other rich sources of soluble fibre include sweet potato, aubergine, okra (ladies finger), broccoli, apples, strawberry and prunes. Foods rich in unsaturated fats - keeping our daily intake of saturated fats down (less than 20g for women and 30g for men), is essential for lowering cholesterol. Saturated fats can be replaced by unsaturated fats found in olives, sunflower, corn, rapeseed and other vegetable, nut and seed oils.

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    To find out more about #NationalCholesterolMonth, head over to Heart UK. You can join their Great Cholesterol Challenge and do the NHS heart age test here. If you'd like to start swimming more regularly, check out this post which features six videos to help you perfect your strokes.

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  6. The health benefits of swimming
    The health benefits of swimming

    The health benefits of swimming

    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.

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    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!

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    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.

    Checker Jett Jammer

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