If you're forever resolving to get fitter and healthier, but can't quite stomach yet another boring gym session, then why not try swimming? It's a fun and relaxing activity that gently tones and burns calories, and whether you go alone or with the whole family, it is an ideal way to spend a weekend morning or afternoon.
The swimming pool at New Chiswick Pool is run by the local council, in partnership with the sports and leisure organisation, Fusion, and is a modern and bright facility. The changing rooms are clean and airy, with plenty of individual lockable changing booths and a spacious family changing room. There are several rows of lockers where you can safely leave your belongings (you will need a pound coin, but this gets returned at the end).
The online timetable (page 12) clearly indicates what's on when: sessions include Lane Swim, General Swim, Family Swim and Swim School. Choose the one that best suits you and away you go! It's less than £5.00 for an adult and less than £3.00 for a junior or concession.
There is a sauna and steam room adjoining the pool, which are perfect for winding down after a session. The facility also has a large gym and an exercise studio, where fitness classes are held throughout the week. There is a creche too, so you can safely leave your children while you work out. For more information on what's offered and when visit the website.
There is a car park at the front of New Chiswick Pool, so driving is a good option. If not be prepared to walk a little from the nearest station (about 10 minutes), which is the over land at Chiswick, or the E3 bus stops directly outside the centre as well.