Swim for charity, and for you!

I haven’t swum laps regularly myself for some time, with the usual excuses of too busy, too tired, etc, however a great cause has inspired me to get back into the water this month and reminded me how much I love to swim for health and fitness!

I was shocked to find out that a sick child is admitted into hospital in Australia every minute of every day, so jumped at the chance to be a part of the Starlight Super Swim Challenge, sponsored by iconic Aussie swim brand Speedo, raising money for the Starlight Foundation by swimming laps alongside many other staff and squad swimmers at our swim centres.

Nepean Aquatic Centre has put together an amazing swimming team that are ready go the distance and fundraise for sick kids. We have chosen our individual kilometre goals and are steadily working towards them this month.

So far, our team has raised nearly $4,00, reaching over our fundraising goal. However, you can donate by visiting https://superswim.org.au/t/nepeanaquatic-centre, or you can join our team and swim some laps yourself! Any donation to this great cause would be much appreciated, and you can follow our fundraising efforts across our socials.

There are so many benefits to getting back in the water. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water, keeping your heart rate up without impact. Swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and healthy heart and lungs, tones muscles and builds strength, and provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

Swimming can also be a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise alleviating stress, improving coordination, balance and posture, improving flexibility, provide good low impact therapy for some injuries and conditions and is a pleasant way to cool down on a hot day!

Young or old, fit or unfit, I challenge you to get back into the water this February, both for yourself, and to brighten the lives of sick children across Australia. Mix it up in terms of strokes, and swim aids such as pool buoys, kick boards and fins, and gradually build up the distances swum as your fitness and endurance improves. Your body will thank you (as will your waistline after Christmas…..!) Nepean Aquatic Centre is open for casual swimming seven days a week – check out the timetable on our website www.nepeanaquaticcentre.com.au.