Sink or swim?
Members of our Swim Fit classes are seeing great results from taking to the pool!
Since the class started last year, it has grown in popularity with our members, and few other gyms in the area, if any, offer such a unique pool-based class
The regulars have not only seen a drop in inches from their waistline, but they have also reported a positive impact on their physical and mental wellbeing due to the endorphins released from exercise, as well as the social impact the class had had on their interactions with other likeminded people.
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.
Some of our members are not only swimming for general fitness, they are fighting their own individual battles with illness and ongoing medical conditions.
Jenni started attending the class when It first started and has barely missed a session since. Jenni has Multiple sclerosis (MS). A condition that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with vision, movement, and balance. The swim Fit class has given her great confidence to exercise again. Jenni says, “We can all work at our own pace so never feel left out or out of place.”
Teresa, who also started the class when it was first launched was diagnosed with osteoporosis, however, with the initial use of medication and attending regular classes at the club, she now has a normal bone density reading.
Other members of the group are overcoming hip and knee replacement surgeries, heart conditions and generally participating to improve their general physical and mental health.
All members have reported an improvement in their general fitness since starting, and regularly attending the class. This ranges from an increase in muscle mass, improved balance, and an improvement in cardiovascular fitness.
Swim Fit uses a variety of swimming strokes, as well as water jogging, and resistance exercises to achieve these amazing results.
I am extremely proud of what each of the participants have achieved to date, and I wish more people would take to the pool to participate in swimming for health. It is a great way to exercise, with minimal risks due to the support the body gets when suspended in the water.
Many people turn up to the class expecting a sort of ‘aqua aerobics’ style class, and are quite shocked to learn they will be doing front crawl up and down the lanes!
The class runs on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and always welcomes new participants. You do not need to be able to swim brilliantly as this comes with time and instruction as part of the class. All you need is a positive can do attitude and a smile!
Sam Myers – Cottingham Parks Health Club Manager (and Swim Fit instructor)