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Swimming is for everybody, says Rebecca

Published 08/08/2011 | 05:00

Rebecca Adlington
Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington the UK swimmer, is set to become one of the stars of the Olympics next year.

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She is a familiar face to Irish followers of the sport and her advice on how to get the most out of life is an inspiration. So many of us have pools nearby and we should be making more use of them.

What do you love about swimming?

"There's something uniquely fun about being in the water. There's nothing like it. Everyone should experience it."

How does swimming keep you healthy?

"Swimming works every muscle group in your body, but it's kind to your joints. The risk of injury is very low compared to other sports. So it's healthy and safe. There's no upper age limit for a swimmer."

What's your training routine?

"I do about 10 sessions a week, at two-and-a-half hours each."

What's your advice on staying motivated?

"I train with a squad of 20 people and that really helps. We're all friends and we push each other. My advice is to go swimming with a friend regularly.

"Having someone to swim with will encourage you to swim on days when you're lacking motivation. It's also good to mix things up."

What are your tips on fitting swimming into your routine?

"My advice would be to do regular short swims, for example 30 minutes, rather than the occasional longer session.

"If your swimming sessions are too long, it might feel daunting and you might not feel like going.

"Shorter, regular sessions are less of a chore and are easier to fit into a busy schedule. It'll soon become a habit -- like walking the dog."

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