"Dive into swimming with Yakult!"
NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGE!
Swimming is considered a life skill and inspired by Jazz’s story, Yakult is seeking four people who cannot swim to take up the challenge to learn to swim with Jazz in just 4 weeks in 2018! The #SwimWithJazz campaign is open to non-swimmers over 18 years old who can enter from 1st January 2018. Find out more here
With a quarter (27%) of Brits saying they don’t swim at all in a year, with nearly 17% typically going just once or twice, we hope to encourage our Yakult drinkers to don their swim suits and take the plunge!
Though nearly half of us (48%) say swimming is the sport we enjoy most, a third of us (33%) say we are too busy to swim, with a quarter (25%) citing that feeling self-conscious about our appearance stops us going more often.
The OnePoll survey, commissioned by Yakult UK, polled 2,000 UK adults who have had swimming lessons and while nearly a fifth (16%) say they aren’t very good at swimming, other excuses for failing to don a swimsuit include: one in twenty (6%) saying we don’t like getting our hair wet, with others blaming ‘cold swimming baths’ and not being able to see without glasses.
JAZZ'S TIPS FOR TACKLING THE NEW YEAR
How to make a positive start!
- The New Year’s great as you can use it for a fresh start, a positive mindset and look forward to a fantastic year ahead.
- Everyday for a week, make note of what you eat. At the end of the week, look at swapping one healthier ingredient the next time you cook that dish.
- Find something new to do. Whether it is attending a local yoga class or joining a local sports team - challenge yourself in different ways.
- Find an event that you may want to do, e.g. Enter an open water swimming event, so you have something to aim for curing the year.
- Most New Year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January, so make sure your goals are challenging but realistic.
- Book a holiday – even if this is in the later part of the year - it’s great to have something to look forward to.
Jazz's tips for successful swimming
- Dress for success: Swimming can be daunting if you’re not 100% confident in the water. A good way of banishing those feelings is with a swimming costume that fits properly, and that you are comfortable swimming in. Having a good pair of goggles is also key, so you are able to see ahead of you and feel in control of your strokes.
- Lane control: Before diving head first into the water, make sure that you understand the depth of the pool and choose a lane you are comfortable with.
- Power half an hour: Even if you have a spare 30 minutes, swimming is a great whole body workout and works on muscles you wouldn’t normally use in every day life.
- Mix it up: Always try and use a variety of muscles in your sessions, working on different strokes and different parts of the stroke. Kicking is a great way to focus on your lower body and a pull buoy is a great way to isolate your upper body. If you mix it up, you will benefit from a full body workout.
- And breathe: This is something that many people struggle with but there are some exercises you can practice to build your confidence, here are some useful tips:
- Standing in the water with your head on the surface and turn your head to the side and breathe in, then to put your head in the water and breathe out, repeat that a few times to get a feel of the breathing pattern
- Begin to use this in your stroke, slightly moving your head to breathe and getting used to breathing in and out of your mouth.
- If you have access to a pool with shallower water, you can use your legs to walk on the bottom of the pool and then use your arms like you are swimming and get a feel of the breathing pattern while walking in the pool. This would let you focus solely on breathing and then you can gradually bring the legs into it.
Jazz Carlin said "It is such a shame that really simple things hold people back from swimming when they enjoy it so much. I’m delighted to be able to provide some tips that will help maximise time, improve confidence and technique in the water.”
Find out more about Jazz here
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