Improve your health and wellbeing with swimming

We mentioned swimming in our post about Mental Health Awareness Week, as it's a great way to improve well being. A report published by Swim England last year found Swimming to be particularly beneficial for those with health conditions. It also found evidence that swimmers can live longer. Here are just a few of the ways it can help stress levels and make you feel good.

Swimming is a great form of escapism both physically and mentally. With no distractions, a half an hour swim can help reduce stress, boost energy levels and encourage relaxation. You may find you sleep much better.

As its suitable for all ages and abilities, it's an ideal way to improve your fitness. What's more our bodies work harder in the water so it's a great way to strengthen muscles and give your body a boost.

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Swimming is the best way to stretch your muscles without putting pressure on joints and bones and it can make your joints more flexible. Getting in the water is a good way to aid recovery if you're been injured particularly if land based activities are just not possible.

Finally, swimming is an excellent way to burn calories without putting strain your body. It’s proven to be more effective than walking, running or cycling and a superb way to stay active. And when you're heading to the pool on a regular basis, your technique will improve so you can push yourself that little bit harder too.