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Midsummer 5k swim challenge coaxing UK ‘off the couch’

Outdoor Swimming Society app provides swim programme ending with long-distance crawl at solsticeWith gyms in Britain shut for much of last year downloaded an NHS-backed fitness app over three months in an attempt to get up off the sofa and out for a run.In subsequent lockdowns wild swimming converts have been evangelising about the healing powers of cold water. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Apps, UK, Fitness, Sport, Life and style, UK News, Britain, NHS, Running, Swimming


The upside-down bikini: a frugal new approach to old swimwear – or the most impractical trend ever?

Models, influencers and Kardashians are embracing the consciously ill-fitting way to make your swimsuit last longer. Hopefully the look won’t catch onName: The upside-down bikini.Age: About three seasons old, and growing. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Swimming


Back in the swing and the swim: England returns to outdoor sport – in pictures

From pools and lidos to tennis courts and golf courses, it has been an action-packed day around England as lockdown regulations are relaxed to allow outdoor sporting activity. People will now be able to meet up legally outside in groups of six or two households and organised outdoor sport can resumeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading...
Tags: England, Fitness, Sport, Life and style, UK News, Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Coronavirus


I’ve taken up outdoor swimming. I just thought you should know | Fiona Maddocks

OK, I only started last month and I don’t know how long I’ll manage it, but for now it’s making me glowWe all eat our words. “No way” sneakily turns into “OK, maybe”, then “yes”. You vow never, ever, to wear Crocs, then you see your smart friend in a yellow pair and British Vogue has named them the It-shoe of the winter season (true) and suddenly you’re weakening. My volte face is more extreme. I’ve joined the thousands who’ve taken up outdoor swimming during lockdown. I don’t much like swimming...
Tags: Europe, Music, Fitness, European Union, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Swimming, New Year, Brexit, New Year Honours List, Crocs, Chantilly, British Vogue, Fiona Maddocks, Nanook


Bluetits and Bluebells: Essex's open water swimmers – a photo essay

With fewer people travelling abroad this year, open water swimming has gained popularity in Essex, particularly among women. Photographs by Stefan Rousseau. Written by Sam RussellAn Essex town is experiencing an explosion in popularity of cold water swimming. One Facebook page for people wanting to swim in Leigh-on-Sea, which launched in mid-October, reached almost 650 members within two months as numbers rocketed through lockdown 2. Swimmers say working from home has given people more time to e...
Tags: Photography, Fitness, Life and style, UK News, Essex, Swimming, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh, Stefan Rousseau, Sam RussellAn Essex


Deep dive: empty swimming venues during lockdown – in pictures

In the last of our lockdown diaries series, photographer David Levene visits some of his favourite swimming venues in London Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, Fitness, Life and style, UK News, Culture, News photography, Art and design, Swimming, David Levene, Coronavirus


Shivering Dublin bay swimmers slighted for their 'fancy fleeces'

Choppy waters as clash of ‘newbie dryrobe types’ with ‘hardy’ bathers swells into debate on tribes and snobberyJames Joyce opened Ulysses with a reference to the “scrotum tightening” effect of swimming in Dublin bay, but these days there is a secondary, somewhat more visible effect: dryrobe bashing.A boom in the popularity of sea swimming in Ireland has filled Dublin’s bathing spots with people wrapped in fleece-lined hooded robes – and for some of the old-timers it feels like an invasion. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Fitness, Life and style, Ireland, Identity politics, Dublin, Swimming, James Joyce, Joyce, Ulysses


Posh splosh: wild swimming spots at British stately homes

From Highland castles to Anne Boleyn’s home, take a late summer dip in the lakes and rivers at these historic estatesWith many of the UK’s finest stately homes and country houses still closed to visitors, or with limited capacity for shorter, small group tours only, it makes sense to try to get more out of a visit, adding extra elements to turn a trip into a lovely long day out, be that with a hike or cycle ride, or picnic in the grounds.At an increasing number of historic estates, you can even ...
Tags: Travel, UK, Fitness, Life and style, Heritage, Day trips, Swimming, Swimming Holidays, Scotland Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highland, Anne Boleyn


Best Beach Bags

People who frequent the beach know the importance of having a bag large enough to fit various items. While most beach bags are totes, not all totes are suitable for the beach. Ordinary totes react to things encountered at the beach, namely, sand and water. If you do not have a bag designed specially for the beach, chances are it will get wet and sand will cling to it. If you’re looking for a good bag for your outdoor trip, it should be of good material like vinyl, PVC, or mesh. Bags with these t...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Fashion, Holidays, Bags, Aviation, Swimming, Rutledge, OdyseaCo Aruba Beach Bag, Aomais Mesh Beach Bag, Coofit Straw Beach Bag


3 Best Types of Low-Impact Exercise to Get You Into Shape

While we would all love to be healthy and fit, intense workouts are out of the question for many people. However, there are types of low-impact exercises that are safe for nearly everyone. So, if your doctor doesn’t explicitly forbid you from any of the following activities, you can try these workouts to get fit, lose weight, and overall boost your wellbeing. Remember, exercising regularly does not only reshape your body but also makes you healthier in every way. Swimming Swimming ...
Tags: Health, Fashion, Fitness, Exercise, Exercises, Pilates, Swimming, Exercise Routine, Health & Fitness, Zumba


Relaunch of Newcastle's City Baths begins 'year of hope' for historic pools

City’s Turkish baths, refurbished after a local campaign, first among several set to reopen in UKNewcastle’s municipal Turkish baths are to reopen this month in what campaigners have dubbed “a year of hope” for historic swimming pools around the country.The art deco City Baths were mothballed by Newcastle city council in 2013 in a “slash and burn” round of cost-cutting which also saw the closure of Sure Start centres, libraries and museums. Continue reading...
Tags: Fitness, Life and style, Society, UK News, Public finance, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Newcastle, Swimming, Buildings at risk


Faster, higher, longer: how female ultra-athletes started to beat men

From swimming the Channel four times to outrunning every man, we meet the women at the top of their gameAt the top of a wind-scoured hill outside Edinburgh, Jasmin Paris’s dog, Moss, patiently waits for his owner. He is, I think, wondering what on earth is taking her so long. The answer, I’m afraid, is me. We are in the Pentland Hills near her home – easy terrain for a skilled fell runner. For me, it’s a painful reminder that road marathons and track races do not help in the hills. I spend my cl...
Tags: Fitness, Women, Life and style, Paris, Swimming, Moss, Ultrarunning, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh Jasmin Paris


Why we love New Year’s Day

You say you want a resolution? Writers, artists and adventurers share their ideas for kickstarting the year aheadPhilip Marsden, writer Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Swimming, New Year, Rest And Relaxation, Christmas And New Year Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Marsden


Hot tubs, saunas and seaweed soaks on Ireland’s west coast

Sea swimming has become a big thing on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, as have fun and creative methods of warming up after a bracing dipIreland has some extraordinarily beautiful beaches: Derrynane in Kerry and Connemara’s Glassilaun easily hold their own against Caribbean counterparts. Unfortunately, the country’s weather can rarely do the same, often making a trip to the coast a damp proposition. However, rather than escaping the harshness of the climate with a visit to warmer climes, a new ge...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Life and style, Atlantic, Ireland, Dublin, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Kerry, Swimming, Caribbean, Swimming Holidays, Spa Breaks, Rest And Relaxation, Galway, Europe Holidays


A cold-water cure? My weekend with the ‘Ice Man’

Wim Hof claims cold-water immersion can help fight modern diseases. As outdoor swimming becomes ever more popular in the UK, photojournalist Jonny Weeks joined him for a weekend to experience it firsthand“Look at this beautiful tree. An oak, Quercus robur. It’s yelling at us, ‘Helloooo!’” says Wim Hof, the doyen of cold endurance stunts, as we head across Hampstead Heath, north London, for a swim in one of the ponds.Soon he’s catapulting himself into a gaping hole in its trunk, peeping out excit...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Science, London, Fitness, Life and style, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Swimming, Hampstead Heath, Wim Hof, Jonny Weeks


8 Tips For Swimming Pool Maintenance From The Experts

There’s something about a gleaming pool that gives you a satisfying feeling when looking at it. That pure blue color soothes your soul and makes you want to jump right in on a hot day. If swimming pool maintenance feels more like a headache than a vacation, here are some top tips that the experts agree are important for achieving a perfect looking pool. 1. Make It A Habit The more you skim the surface of the pool for debris and dead leaves, the better. It may seem like a horri...
Tags: Fashion, Pool, Swimming, Home Maintenance, Swimming Pool, Home Life, Pool Maintenance


‘No one wants it rotting away’: fate of Grange Lido hangs in balance

Thousands sign petition to saltwater pool in Cumbria, but council wants to redevelopMore than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding that a rare art deco lido is not destroyed.Grange Lido, in the coastal Cumbrian town of Grange-over-Sands, is the only surviving seaside lido in the north of England. Built in 1932, the saltwater pool closed in 1993 but was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2011, preventing its demolition. Continue reading...
Tags: Fitness, Life and style, UK News, Swimming, Tim Farron, Cumbria, Grange, England Built, Grange Lido


‘No one wants it there just rotting away’: fate of art deco Grange Lido hangs in balance

Thousands have signed a petition to save the outdoor pool in Cumbria, but council wants to redevelop the siteMore than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding that a rare art deco lido is not destroyed.Grange Lido, in the coastal Cumbrian town of Grange-over-Sands, is the only surviving seaside lido in the north of England. Built in 1932, the saltwater pool closed in 1993 but was Grade II listed by English Heritage in 2011, preventing its demolition. Continue reading...
Tags: Fitness, Life and style, UK News, Swimming, Tim Farron, Cumbria, Grange, England Built, Grange Lido


The Sea Gals swim the Channel – photo essay

The Sea Gals, six girls from east London, have become the youngest relay team to swim across the Channel. The photographer Teri Pengilley was onboard the support boatTwo years ago Tim Denyer, a swimming coach, Sarah Leipciger and her daughter Eve Napier, then 11, floated the idea of Eve and five of her friends undertaking a relay swim across the English Channel to raise money for Child Poverty Action Group.The Sea Gals – Eve, Lucy Sims, Amelie Noor and Sasha Vinnicombe, all 13, and Grace Radford...
Tags: England, London, France, Life and style, UK News, Swimming, Eve, Child Poverty Action Group, Teri Pengilley, Tim Denyer, Sarah Leipciger, Eve Napier, Eve Lucy Sims Amelie Noor, Sasha Vinnicombe, Grace Radford, Ruby Greer


The inspiring story of a gay swim team that swam its way to victory back in 1982

The West Hollywood Aquatics Club acted as a refuge in the early 1980s for many gay men and women.
Tags: Documentary, Life, Lifestyle, Sports, Swimming, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Gay Athletes, Swimmers, West Hollywood Aquatics Club


Strokes of genius: the beauty and calm of wild swimming

From tranquility in the Lake District and Brecon Beacons to lovely lochs in the Cairngorms, six enthusiasts reveal their top spots for a wild swimSuzanna CruickshankWhen I first moved to the Lake District I was a big walker but then I started swimming and realised all those feelings you get from climbing a mountain – the sense of peace, the satisfaction – you can get from swimming for five minutes in a lake. Swimming is a different way to appreciate the beauty of the area; it’s a view that you’r...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Life and style, Day trips, Swimming, Water Sports Holidays, Swimming Holidays, Lake District, United Kingdom Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays


5 Summer Activities The Whole Family Can Enjoy

As a parent, it can sometimes be difficult to come up with fun things to do for the whole family. Choosing an activity that will be enjoyable for everyone is a real challenge and particularly when you have kids of different ages, but there are a few summer activities that will always be a hit (and enjoyable for mom and dad too!). So, if you are struggling to come up with something enjoyable to do the next time you have a family day planned then consider any of the following, all of which are s...
Tags: Family, Fashion, Parenting, Entertainment, Activities, Summer, Golf, Swimming, Family Activities, Family Friendly, Family Fun, Family Adventures, Home Life, Stuff For Kids, Family Entertainment, Summer fun


Top 5 New Hampshire Summer Camps For Kids

Granite State ski areas double as summer playgrounds in the warmer months! Now that the snow is finally melted away from NH ski area slopes, these beautiful ski resorts are switching gears with tons of fun summer activities  opening this Memorial Day Weekend. While many resorts continue to offer exciting attractions like zip lining, mountain coasters, and mountain biking, they also have fun things planned for kids as young as 5 and as old as 17 and special summer camps too. New Hampshire Summ...
Tags: Outdoors, Fashion, Parenting, Entertainment, Hiking, New Hampshire, Skiing, Vacation, Swimming, Summer Camp, Camp, Homeschooling, Ski Resort, Nh, Physical Activity, White Mountains


Marlo’s favorite delivery of the season

For those of you who know Marlo in real life, you know there are some pretty distinct constants about her personality. For instance, she has a really hard time being alone and the feeling of boredom to her is not unlike being burned alive—the Bible...
Tags: Daily, Fitness, Lifestyle, Swimming, Subscription, Sunscreen, Marlo, Beauty Products, Towel


Will royal baby’s name ease this Louis’ pain? | Brief letters

Depression | Swimming pools | Tax collection | Coroner’s ‘cab rank’ policy | Infant princeTo say that we don’t know what causes depression and to describe it as a “mental disorder” (Gene breakthrough raises hope for better depression treatment, 27 April) is out of step with current thinking and service users’ views. So-called depression can’t be likened to physical illness and “treated” willy-nilly with drugs. If we listen to those experiencing problems with their mood, we hear of their experien...
Tags: Politics, London, Fitness, Life and style, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Depression, Monarchy, Camden, Birmingham, Swimming, Wolfsburg, Louis, Tanya GarrettClinical, Sheila HaymanLondon


'The best in the world': a love letter to Australia's public pools

Tracing his conversion from pool refusnik to aquatic evangelist, Benjamin Law asks: is swimming the Australian version of baptism?In Australia, you’re expected to just know how to swim. It makes sense: more than four in five Australians live within easy walking or driving distance of the sea. As writer Anna Funder recently said of those who call the driest continent on Earth home: “We cling to the edge of the continent, and we swim from a very early age.”Growing up, I hated swimming – which was ...
Tags: Fitness, Australia, Life and style, World news, Australia news, Earth, Cities, Queensland, Sydney, Swimming, Benjamin Law, Anna Funder, Kieran Perkins Susie O'Neill Grant Hackett, Stephanie Rice


Against the tide: lifeguards in Ghana – in pictures

It is difficult to know how many people die each year by drowning in Ghana, in the absence of official statistics. But the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, crossed by violent currents, are considered dangerous, and many local bathers do not know how to swim. The Ghana National Aquatic Rescue Unit was set up in 2016 after its founder helplessly witnessed the drowning of a three-year-old girl on Labadi beach, one of the most popular in the Ghanaian capital of Accra Continue reading...
Tags: Fitness, Africa, Life and style, World news, Global development, Swimming, Ghana, Accra, Gulf of Guinea, Labadi, Ghana National Aquatic Rescue Unit


The winter swimmers taking on the Beast from the East – in pictures

While the weather is causing havoc across the UK, some hardy souls have embraced the cold by going for a (quick) dip. For more on cold water swimming, visit the Outdoor Swimming Society Paul of Brighton Swimming Club. If you want to know the difference between a hardcore winter swimmer and run of the mil winter swimmer the hardcore don't wear neoprene shoes, gloves and hats! I wear gloves and hat, with out gloves once you get out you can no longer use your hands even for simple tasks. #snow #wi...
Tags: Travel, UK, Life and style, Travel Photography, Swimming, Swimming Holidays, Sheffield Air


How this college swimmer found his courage to come out in the pool

"Swimming helped me deal with emotions and feelings that I did not understand," David Thibodeau says.
Tags: Life, Lifestyle, Sports, Swimming, Swimmer, Coming Out, Ad Friendly, Queerty, David Thibodeau



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