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Swimming is a fantastic activity that places low levels of stress on the joints and bones, meaning it is ideal exercise for people recovering from injuries or surgery, and is suitable for all ages and ability levels. Swimming is also great for improving mood and increasing sleep quality, and there are plenty of swimming pools across Kent and Medway providing a variety of different ways to swim.

If you want to take some time for yourself, find an activity to do with the kids or enjoy some social time with a friend, swimming is an ideal activity. Whether you used to swim as a child or have never been much of a swimmer, there’s never a bad time to get in the pool and start giving swimming a go. It can feel hard at first if you haven’t swum for a while, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly you make progress. Please seek medical advice if you’re unsure about exercising with an existing health condition.

 

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Mental Health Swims

Mental Health Swims

Join Mental Health Swims for a chat on the beach, a toe-dip, a paddle or a swim in the shallows. The Groups are firmly focused on dips, not distance and community, not competition.

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Keeping Active during the Menopause

Keeping Active during the Menopause

Menopause is a complex stage of life, and sustaining fitness and activity at this point is life changing when it comes to dealing with menopausal symptoms and overall wellbeing. Menopause...

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Benefits of…swimming

Benefits of…swimming

This all-round form of exercise brings many benefits, and provides something for all levels of confidence and experience, including those with mobility issues.

Chris WalkerActive Kent & Medway

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Wild Swimming

Wild Swimming

Here in Kent we are lucky to have rivers, lakes and long stretches of coastline, so we don’t have to go far to find a beautiful spot for some wild...

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This Girl Can Swim

This Girl Can Swim

This Girl Can is a celebration of women who are getting active and doing their thing, no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red...

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Rabia’s Story

Rabia’s Story

Hear how community swimming sessions have helped Rabia gain a lifeguard qualification to support her family and friends to become more active.

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My Open Water Swimming Journey

My Open Water Swimming Journey

My open water swimming journey began in June 2020: with a too tight wetsuit (it must have shrunk in lockdown!) in a managed lake with a friend. I’d tried swimming...

Caroline DrakeOpen Water Swimmer

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Affordable kit to get fit

Affordable kit to get fit

Becoming more active in your everyday life is now more affordable than ever, thanks to a new partnership between Everyday Active and the Heart of Kent Hospice. If you were...

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Being active with a disability or health condition

Being active with a disability or health condition

An everyday guide to being active for people living with an impairment or health condition.

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