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Health Benefits - Swimming

Physical Health

  • A great all-round exercise, which is good for building core strength in legs, arms and torso.
  • Good for developing flexibility in the arms and legs.
  • Loosens up joints, especially in the shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and hands.
  • Boosts and builds the respiratory system.

Mental Health

  • Swimming can be a great way to de-stress and clear the mind.
  • Being in the water can be immensely soothing and relaxing.
  • Learning to swim as an adult can give you a tremendous sense of achievement, which is great for your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Swimming in the sea can be invigorating and a great boost to your mood.

Rehab and Recovery

  • Always discuss any rehab or recovery plan with your health care provider.
  • Swimming is a great way to recover from injury and illness.
  • Non load-bearing activity and low impact on the joints and ligaments.


  • Sea, river and lake swimming are becoming more popular and more groups are being set up.

Weight Management

  • Swimming at a moderate pace can burn up to 400 calories an hour.

Healthy You

Pembrokeshire offers many ways of improving your health, from increasing stamina/strength, losing weight or improving your positive mental health and wellbeing.


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