14 Seriously Good Reasons to go Swimming
We love swimming and we want you to love it too!
With 3 Freedom Leisure swimming pools in Brighton and Hove there are plenty of places to take the plunge.
Our pool programmes aim to provide opportunities for everyone to participate, whether you want to swim lengths and get fit, swim with the family, train for an event, swim gently at your own pace, learn to swim, or just splash around with the kids and have some fun.
For those wishing to learn to swim you are never too young or too old, with swim schools for children and adults at all three centres. Plus, Freedom Leisure, in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, offers free swimming to all under 16s in a bid to encourage youngster’s into the pool and to keep active.
Here are some great reasons why you should go swimming…
It’s a lifesaving skill
We thought we’d start with one that may be obvious but is potentially the best reason of all to go swimming – it’s a lifesaving skill!
It tones your muscles
So now onto one of the most popular benefits. Swimming is a really great, yet fairly easy way to tone up.
Here’s the science bit; water is 12 times denser than air, so swimming is a very effective way of toning your muscles, more than any other form of cardiovascular exercise done on land.
It burns lots of calories – aiding weight loss
Swimming for just half an hour can burn up to 250 calories and seeing as a standard Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bar has 240 calories in it – do you need any more of a reason to swim?
It's low impact
Low impact means gentle on the joints, so swimming is a great workout for those who may be older or injured – or for anyone who needs to take it easy on their joints really.
It supports the body
Water supports up to 90% of the body’s weight, so it is a great way to exercise and keep moving even with a disability or injury.
Be more flexible
Swimming uses a lot of the body’s muscles at the same time, while the water supports you to make larger movements with your arms and legs, resulting in you moving them more than you would on land.
Research shows that regular swimmers can be biologically 20 years younger than their actual age!
It uses muscles which you may not usually use
When you're in the swimming pool your arms are all over the place, working the often-neglected; lats, deltoids, and traps – not muscles you often target even when you're on a bike or running.
In addition, since swimming is about staying balanced, level and afloat in the water, it also develops the stabilising muscles deep in your core.
It makes you smarter
Researchers currently believe that the pressure on the chest cavity caused by being in water causes more blood to flow to the brain, making your brain more effective.
It is fun
Well it is isn’t it? Whether you’re swimming with kids, in the sea on holiday or at your leisure centre swimming for fitness – admit it, it’s just good fun!
It opens up new experiences
Jumping off the back of a boat into blue waters on holiday, enjoying hobbies such as scuba diving, kayaking or sailing, participating in a charity swim event or a spot of wild swimming. Being able to swim opens up a whole host of fun things to do.
It de-stresses and relaxes
Studies prove the benefits of swimming on depression and mental health and even if you don’t necessarily feel you suffer from these conditions, swimming will just make you feel better and help you relax.
It lowers the risk of some diseases
Swimming just 30 minutes a week can help guard against heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes.
Exercise without the sweat
Some people are put off doing exercise by the sweating thing but the great thing about swimming is that you never feel too sweaty as the water around you constantly cools you down.
Finally, with all three centres offering 12 months swim membership for the price of just 9 there is no better time to get started.