A major new study on the health benefits of swimming has been released by Swim England. The report shows that the unique benefits of water make it the ideal place for people of all ages to exercise. It is particularly beneficial for those with long term health conditions.
The report also found evidence that swimmers live longer. Swimming regularly also helps older people to stay fit, physically and mentally.
On the other end of the scale, the report found that children who take part in swimming lessons regularly develop physical, cognitive and social skills quicker than those who do not.
Swim England commissioned the independent report and will use the findings to raise awareness within the health professions that swimming is a safe, viable and potentially cost-effective option to signpost patients.
They are also calling on the wider health and sports sector to come together and invest in further research on the impact of physical activity on mental health and long term conditions.