Take the plunge with fitness device

Colin Winterbotton
Colin Winterbotton
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Ribble Valley residents are being invited to take the plunge in a free new fitness scheme making waves across the country.

Ribblesdale Pool in Edisford Road, Clitheroe is to host Swimtag, which offers swimmers analytical data via a unique wristband.

The Swimtag wristband feeds detailed information from a swimming session to a dedicated web site, featuring a profile page with a colour-coded graph outlining average pace, rest times and stroke rates.

The page includes a swim summary, logs personal best times and training plan progression, and information from Ribblesdale Pool.

Colin Winterbottom, Ribble Valley Council’s culture and leisure services manager, said: “A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in half an hour and a fast front crawl can burn as many calories as an eight-mile run.

“Swimming can support up to ninety per cent of the body’s weight in water, meaning those with disabilities, injuries or illnesses, such as arthritis, can also take part in sport in a comfortable and safe environment.

“Swimtag is a valuable aid to swimmers by motivating and encouraging them to reach their goals, and it’s free.”

A recent survey has revealed that 52 per cent of swimmers had been motivated by using Swimtag and 62 per cent said it had helped them improve their swimming.

Further details about Swimtag are available from Ribblesdale Pool by telephoning 01200 424825.