Have done multiple spin classes, ran 3 miles a couple of times, weight trained 3 times and for the first time in over 28 years, I took my shirt off and spent some time in the pool doing some laps! What a week! I remember laps as being easy…..NOT!
Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It’s ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability.Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.
Swimming is a lifelong skill that could save a life. If you can’t swim, it’s never too late to learn.
Before you start
For most people, swimming is a safe and effective form of exercise. If you’re worried about an existing health condition, see your GP before you start swimming.Don’t worry if you’re afraid of the water or panic when you think about the deep end. Beginners’ lessons focus on building confidence in the water.A swimming costume is all you need. Make sure your swimwear is comfortable and fits properly.
The best place to get started is at your local pool. You’ll find information on classes for different age groups and levels, women-only sessions, timetables and prices.Most pools offer adult-only beginners’ lessons, which focus on building water confidence and improving your stroke.
If you’re unsure about starting lessons, ask if you can watch a class or two to get a better idea if it’s for you, or ask to speak with one of the teachers.For health benefits, adults should do 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on five or more days a week. Children should do an hour every day.Moderate intensity means any water-based activity that makes you warm and breathe more heavily. This includes treading water in the pool.
Make it a habit
Try to set aside time every week to go to the pool, before or after work or on weekends. Write it in a diary so it becomes a permanent fixture in your weekly schedule. Consider getting an annual swim pass. This will help you save money and encourage you to go more often.
Take the kids
Swimming is a great way for families to get moving and have fun together. There are so many things you can do to keep the kids interested, such as humming songs under water. For more swimming games, see the Change4Life website.
Swim with a friend
It really helps to go swimming regularly with someone of about the same ability as you. You’ll encourage each other when you’re not so keen to go to the pool. You’ll feel you don’t want to let your swimming partner down and this will help motivate you.
This is something anyone at any age can do! If you have hip or knee issues, this is a great option for you too but check with your doctor first!