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Swim22 - get fit through swimming



Registration fee: free
No minimum sponsorship
Sign up today - go on, take the plunge!

Swim 22 miles – the width of the English Channel – in 12 weeks, in your local pool.

Go the extra length this February towards a healthier future

Did you know, one of the best forms of full body exercise is swimming? Just 30 minutes of swimming could burn around 200 calories. That’s more than double that of walking.

Kick-start a new healthy habit in 2019. Between 22 February and 22 May, take on the swimming challenge of the year. With Swim22, you’ll swim the equivalent of the English Channel in your local pool while getting sponsored for every length.

Four health benefits of swimming:

  1. You’ll get a full body workout. Swimming uses a range of different upper and lower body muscles. And, without even realising it, swimming makes your body work harder.
  2. Improves your mood. Regular swimming can lower levels of stress and anxiety, and have a positive impact on your sleep patterns.
  3. No sweat exercise. Sometimes it’s the physical feeling of sweating that can put you off getting out there with exercise. Not so with swimming.
  4. Looking after your heart. Aerobic exercise like swimming is a great way to take care of your heart. Being active can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol.

So start 2019 with a new exercise goal in mind. Get fit, stress less and burn calories - all while fundraising to help fight diabetes.

You can take on the challenge alone or get family, friends or colleagues involved too. You can even split the 22 miles between a team.

Key information:

  • Free to register
  • No minimum sponsorship requirement; although we would suggest a target of £150
  • You must be aged 18 or over to register and receive an online tracker page. Children are welcome to join in with a parent or guardian, but can’t formally register.

Once you're signed up, you’ll receive your Swim22 pack through the post. This will include swimming tips, how to get your fundraising started and your very own Swim22 swimming cap.

What are you waiting for? Sign up now.

Log your lengths

We’ve created your own personal online tracker where you can log your lengths and track your fundraising as you progress with the swimming challenge.

The harm caused by diabetes

Every day, around 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes. When diabetes is not well managed it can lead to serious complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

How Diabetes UK makes a difference

Diabetes UK makes sure people can manage their diabetes well. We provide information, care and support for everyone affected by diabetes. Our campaigns improve lives. Our research develops new treatments, technologies and will, one day, find a cure. Our prevention work aims to halt the rising number of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by educating them about their risk and promoting simple lifestyle changes to help prevent or delay its onset.

The lengths you’ll go to make a difference

But there is more work to be done. We need your help to reach more of the 4.6 million people living with diabetes in the UK. Every length you complete - and every pound you raise - will get us closer to our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Take up the challenge and take great lengths for people with diabetes.

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