The top 10 reasons people don’t swim according a recent survey (and some suggested solutions)
1. I don't have the time
We all have 24 hours each day but many people have demanding jobs, responsibilities to other people as carers and hundreds of other competing interests. However, we do know that some people find swimming the perfect escape and respite from a stressful life-style. Swimming outdoors is particularly good for this. If you’re really exhausted from work, a swim might help you feel better.
2. I only go swimming on holiday
A thought... we hear people who start the day with a swim outdoors (or indoors) say they feel like they’ve had a mini holiday, because it’s time for themselves.
3. Getting changed before and after is too much of a faff
When you swim with friends, changing seems like much less of a faff because there’s time for a chat and banter.
4. I don't like wearing a swimming costume in public
In the women’s swimming costume market, there are now brands making costumes designed to help people with a range of body shapes and sizes feel more comfortable.
5. It's too expensive
Bear in mind that a swim doesn’t cost much more than a pint of beer or a coffee and a croissant.
6. I hate being cold
The feeling of cold only lasts a minute or two and you stop noticing if you keep moving.
7. I don't want people to see me in a bathing suit
This sounds like the same as number 4. Also remember, most people are too worried about themselves to pay too much attention to how you look in your bathing suit.
8. I get enough exercise in other ways
Getting exercise is not the only reason to swim. Swim for the joy of being in the water, to relax and feel better... Also, swimming is a low impact sport so kinder on your joints, which makes it good to add it to the mix. Many people come to swimming after being injured from other physical activities and fall in love with it.
9. I can't be bothered
“I can’t be bothered” could be replaced by “I don’t want to miss out.”
10. I don't feel confident in the water any more
Many more adults want to learn to swim or improve. The market has responded and increasing numbers of coaches and teachers are offering lessons to adults and it is a great feeling to improve at something.