Welcome to #30mins30days in September! Every day we will suggest an activity which you can do right here in Falkirk to get you active, whether mentally or physically. Please let us know what activities you are trying by joining in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #30mins30days. We look forward to seeing which activities prove popular and to see who is trying something new!
DAY 1: Go for a swim!
Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. It's ideal if you want to be more active and stay healthy, whatever your age or ability. Falkirk Community Trust has 9 swimming pools across the area: the Mariner Centre, Bo'ness Recreation Centre and Grangemouth Sports Complex, but did you know you can also swim at our Community Access to Schools facilities? Braes, Denny, Larbert, Falkirk, Grangemouth and St Mungo's High Schools all have swimming pools which you can access in the evenings and at the weekends.
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. Swimming is a lifelong skill that could save a life. If you can’t swim, it’s never too late to learn.
A 30-minute session of moderate to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity at the pool on one or more days a week will count towards your recommended weekly activity. But any improvement on what you currently do is good. Even small changes can make a big difference to your health and make you feel great!
Try to set aside time every week to go to the pool, before or after work or on weekends. Make an appointment in your calendar or on your phone so it becomes a permanent fixture in your weekly schedule. Consider getting a monthly swim pass - you can buy these at reception. This will help you save money and encourage you to go more often.
Take the kids! Swimming is a great way for families to get moving and have fun together. Change4Life has some great ideas for games to play with the kids whilst in the pool.
Swim with a friend. It really helps to go swimming regularly with someone of about the same ability as you. You’ll encourage each other when you’re not so keen to go to the pool. You’ll feel you don't want to let your swimming partner down and this will help motivate you.
For competent swimmers there is a world of swimming opportunities beyond the pool, such as rivers, lochs, lakes and the sea. Open water swimming can be great fun so long as you take the necessary safety precautions; we recommend you join an open water swimming group. For more information visit Scottish Swimming or keep an eye out for our open water swimming sessions on The Helix.
Tuesday, 1st September 2015