Health benefits of swimming

Feel the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming at

Team Bath Sports Training Village

‘You don’t always appreciate what you have until it’s gone’, as the old saying goes, and the millions of people who had to go without their regular swim during lockdown will certainly understand that feeling.

The overwhelming sense of delight and relief when the pools reopened in April – including the Olympic-sized London 2012 Legacy Pool at the University of Bath – demonstrated how important swimming is to many people’s lifestyle, offering a wide range of both physical and mental health benefits.  


The physical benefits are obvious – swimming offers a full-body workout and uses all your muscles, no matter what stroke you employ, and the resistance provided by the water means your body works harder than it would on land. It is also a great way to stay active if you are recovering from injury or illness thanks to the buoyancy of the water supporting your body. 


Swimming can also have a massive impact on your mental health too. Just being active on a regular basis has been shown to improve your mood, increase your self-esteem, boost your energy levels and contribute to better sleep. 

But taking a dip in the pool is also a great way to de-stress and relax, with the repetitive, rhythmic nature of swimming and the focus on breathing offering similar meditative qualities to yoga.


You don’t have to be an Olympian or Paralympian to feel the benefits – just taking time out of a busy day to do a few lengths of gentle breaststroke provides the perfect opportunity to refocus, refresh and enjoy the endorphin rush that exercise provides.


The Olympic-sized London 2012 Legacy Pool at the Team Bath Sports Training Village is not just used by Tokyo-bound swimmers for their training but is also open to the public seven days a week. Find out more about the SwimFit sessions and how to book by visiting

University of Bath, Claverton Down Rd, Claverton Down, Combe Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Tel: 01225 386339