Get back in the water (Picture: Getty)
Various lockdowns have made us want to get outside and exercise more than ever before.
In fact, almost a million people downloaded the Couch to 5K to get their bodies moving last spring.
But now there’s a new scheme dedicated to get the nation swimming again – the Swim Couch to 5K programme.
Launched by the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS), the three-month initiative for front crawl swimmers can be carried out at any water source of choice – be it a lake, lido, an indoor pool or the sea.
It’s been brought about to help people shake off the laziness of lockdown and is great for anyone looking to improve basic-level swimming, or for previously strong swimmers who may have become less fit over the past 12 months.
Head to Hampstead ponds to train (Picture: Getty)
The training actually begins on dry land – with exercises designed to improve cardiovascular and overall fitness, as well as swimming strokes.
Then in May – when pools have fully reopened and outdoor water spots have warmed up – those taking part will be asked to attempt three weekly swimming sessions.
These regular swims will take place until 21 June – on that date thousands of participants across the UK are expected to tackle the final 5K challenge.
The brains behind the scheme, OSS founder Kate Rew, says the idea came to her after she noticed how many friends were using apps to improve fitness during lockdown.
Kate said: ‘I realised we had reached a point in lockdown where we just needed someone to tell us what to do.
‘I thought it would be really lovely for swimmers to have a plan to follow to get us out of the doldrums and off our couches to pave us towards midsummer.’
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