One more reason to buy that new bikini: a commission has been set up to look into health benefits of swimming


All those weeks spent thrashing around the local swimming pool as a kid could result in a huge pay off for your health. A commission has been set up to investigate the well-being and health benefits of swimming.

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The Health Commission for Swimming is an independent group made up of health and physical activity experts.

It will explore current research around health and swimming, and provide evidence about how swimming positively impacts on people's physical and mental well-being.

Ian Cumming, Health Education England chief executive and chairman of the group, said: "Swimming is unique. Anyone can do it regardless of age, ability or health condition.

Swimmers at an outdoor pool

He added: "It is the only physical activity that can be done from birth right through to older age, and with over 16 million people swimming at least once a month, it is already well-placed to respond to many of the country's key health and social concerns."

The group has been set up as a response to Sporting Future: A New Strategy For An Active Nation and will report its findings at the end of the year.

It will also determine essential models and practices and provide guidance for the wider aquatics and health industry.