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Benefits of swimming

Swimming is great exercise – and it’s also an activity that once learnt, lasts a lifetime.

 Benefits of swimming

The benefits include relaxation and strength not only for your body but your mind too. And what’s more, it’s an activity for all ages, all shapes, all sizes and all levels of fitness. You can swim alone, with your family or your friends.

There really are no barriers in swimming.

Slipping into the pool and enjoying the support and feel of the water means you can exercise at your own pace. You’ll be exercising all the major muscle groups, improving your cardiovascular fitness and gaining strength.

Choosing a stroke and concentrating just on the movement and your breath is relaxing and can bring real calm – great for winding down after a tough day.

Taking the kids to the pool and using inflatables and water aids is fun as well as good exercise for the whole family. Or go with a group of friends and enjoy a sauna or steam after your swim session.

So what are you waiting for?

Whether you're new to swimming and need some lessons, you just want to increase your fitness or you'd like to try some aqua-fit sessions, there’s never been a better time or opportunity to choose a Lewisham pool.

Swimfit

Developed by swimming experts at the ASA, Swimfit is your free online and pool-side club that provides you with a gym style work-out programme for the pool.

Swimfit engages you in swimming based on your motivation for working-out, whether you are seeking to maintain your health, shape up and tone your body, reach your peak fitness level to compete at swimming competitions or prepare for the annual swimathon.

Contact your local pool to find out more about joining in with Swimfit.