Swimming is a great all-round form of physical activity. It's ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or fitness level.
Health benefits of swimming
Regular swimming is proven to reduce your risk of serious illnesses, like:
- heart disease
- type 2 diabetes
Swimming can also help you to:
- lose weight
- improve general flexibility
- increase strength
- improve mobility
As well as improving physical health, swimming can also boost your mood and reduce stress levels to improve your mental wellbeing.
Exercising in water means reduced strain on your joints when compared to other exercises like running or football. This makes swimming popular with older people and those with mobility problems. However, swimming is considered a beneficial activity for people of any age or ability.
Starting to swim
Don't worry if you haven't been swimming before or if you even have a fear of water. Your local pool will usually have beginners’ lessons for all ages. This'll help get you started and build your confidence in the water.
Once you become more confident you may want to try pool fitness classes, like water aerobics, or aquafit. These provide similar health benefits to swimming.