As the nights draw in and the temperatures plummet, you may find that your mood takes a bit of a dip during the winter months too.

Over 2 million people in the UK suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), due to the shorter daylight hours. So, if the short, dark days are getting you down, swimming could help you to feel a little more like yourself again. As well as increasing energy levels using light therapy, another weapon against the winter blues is to keep active. Swimming is a particularly effective way of combating SAD. Not only will it keep you out of the cold, but it is a great way to relax, unwind your mind and retain the positive sense of wellbeing that you experience during the summer months.

A regular swim is also believed to increase the mood-regulating chemical serotonin in the brain, giving you an extra boost.

If you feel like you need a pick me up, try following the British Gas Swimfit Health programme and see how swimming for just 30 minutes a couple of times a week can help you this winter.

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