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STAYING FOCUSED THROUGHOUT THE ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM

Sep 20, 2017

Staying focused is hard, let’s face it. However, once you have a goal in mind and can see the benefits and miles building up, it might start to get a little easier. Over 2 million people swim in the UK, so you aren’t going to be the only one who needs encouragement to stay focused. We have collated our top tips on how you can stay focused throughout the Aspire Channel Swim.

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ALICE'S ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM: WEEK 2

Sep 18, 2017

Find out how Aspire Channel Swim staff member Alice is getting on with her Aspire Channel Swim!

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ALICE'S ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM: WEEK 1

Sep 11, 2017

Follow Aspire Channel Swim staff member Alice as she completes her Aspire Channel Swim! Read on to find out how she's getting on with her 22 mile challenge...

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TEAM HELP PAGE

Sep 08, 2017

Here is everything you need to know about creating and joining teams!

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THE BEST FOOD TO EAT DURING THE ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM

Aug 30, 2017

Whatever the reasons are for you doing the Aspire challenge this year, whether it is to lose weight, to improve your fitness, have some fun or raise as much money as possible for people paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury; to succeed you will need to fuel your body with the right foods. Eating well throughout the challenge will enhance your performance in the pool and allow your body to recover swiftly afterwards. If you are new to swimming, eating properly and at the right times can help you develop your strength and cardio fitness all the more quickly.

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MICHAEL PHELPS' 12,000 CALORIE DIET

Aug 23, 2017

Yep, you read that right. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics Michael Phelps consumed an epic 12,000 calories a day!

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LESS THAN ONE MONTH TO GO!

Aug 22, 2017

With less than one month to go, the Aspire Channel Swim is fast approaching! Have you registered? Have you started fundraising yet? And most importantly, are you ready?

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HOW TO BE MORE BODY POSITIVE

Aug 09, 2017

No matter your shape or size you are worthy of being in the pool just as much as the next person. So wear that swimming costume with pride because, we promise, you look fantastic. Read on to find out how you can start to love your body!

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5 HEALTHY LUNCH BOX IDEAS

Aug 04, 2017

We all know that we should try and eat a good mix of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat in every meal. However, this is especially important while you’re participating in the Aspire Channel Swim to make sure that you are refuelling your body properly and preparing yourself for your next swim!

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10 REASONS SWIMMING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Aug 04, 2017

There are many reasons why swimming is good for your health and wellbeing. Whether you want to improve your fitness or take on a new challenge, such as the Aspire Channel Swim, swimming is a great way of improving many aspects of our lives. We’ve come up with 10 reasons why you should give swimming a try.

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LONDON'S BEST SWIMMING SPOTS

Jul 27, 2017

Looking for a new place to take a dip? Check out our list of the top 10 swimming spots in London - prepare to be inspired!

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UNDERSTANDING A SPINAL CORD INJURY

Jul 25, 2017

All the money raised from the Aspire Channel Swim goes towards helping Aspire provide practical help to those who have been paralysed by a spinal cord injury, but what really is a spinal cord injury?

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CANCER SURVIVOR AND FULL TIME MOTHER COMPLETES ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM

Jul 21, 2017

In 2004 Zoe was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer. Now 13 years later she has two beautiful boys and has completed all 22 miles of the Aspire Channel Swim!

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SWIMMING HELPED TACKLE MY ANXIETY

Jul 20, 2017

For months Robyn suffered from severe anxiety and depression, leaving her at a dead end of what to do next. Robyn eventually turned to swimming which made a huge difference to her low self-esteem, depression and confidence.

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EVERY BODY IS BEAUTIFUL

Jul 19, 2017

To prove that absolutely anybody can look incredible in the pool, we’ve created a list of fabulous women who are all shutting down the idea that body type has any impact on how good you look in life and the pool. Cellulite and all.

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HOW THE ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM HELPED MY MENTAL HEALTH

Jul 14, 2017

Just last year Joanna had anxiety so debilitating that she was unable to get in a pool for fear of having a panic attack while swimming. One year on and she successfully swam 22 miles for the Aspire Channel Swim! Read on to find out how swimming helped her beat her anxiety...

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THE BEST POST SWIM SNACKS

Jul 13, 2017

As anyone who has ever got in a pool will know the hunger pangs experienced after swimming can be intense! Read on to find out how you can properly refuel your body after a swim, without ruining all your hard work exercising.

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REGISTRATION HELP: JUST GIVING PAGE

Jul 11, 2017

Nearly finished your registration for the Aspire Channel Swim 2017 but struggling on the final step of creating a Just Giving page? This article will give you all the help you need!

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5 MINUTES WITH ASPIRE'S EVENT MANAGER

Jun 30, 2017

We got up, close and personal with Aspire's Event Manager, Katy Boyd to find out all about her role, her inspiration and her biggest achievement to date!

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THE 10 PEOPLE YOU'LL MEET AT THE POOL

Jun 13, 2017

It’s inevitable; if you’re going to swim regularly for 12 weeks you’re going to meet a range of people whose only common trait is that they like swimming. Next time you're at the pool see how many of these types you can spot.

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HOW TO STOP YOUR GOGGLES FOGGING UP

Jun 13, 2017

Foggy goggles are a problem almost as old as swimming itself. Whether they steam up halfway through a race, or ten lengths into a workout, any amount of fog in your vision is a pain every swimmer knows.

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HOW TO SIGN UP

Jun 13, 2017

Need helping registering for the 2017 Aspire Channel Swim? Then you've come to the right place!

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5 GREATEST SWIMMING MOMENTS EVER

Jun 13, 2017

Feel like you won't be able to complete the Aspire Channel Swim? Need a little swimming motivation? Then check out our top 5 swimming moments ever for a little inspiration.

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5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS ALL SWIMMERS SHOULD OWN

Jun 13, 2017

We’ve trawled the Boots aisles and found you the best skin and hair saving products for while you’re participating in the swim. You’re welcome!

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10 MORE AMAZING POOLS YOU WISH YOU COULD SWIM IN RIGHT NOW

Jun 13, 2017

Need to be inspired again? Take a look at another 10 stunning pools from around the world...

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THE ULTIMATE EQUIPMENT LIST FOR BEGINNERS

Jun 13, 2017

Is the Aspire Channel Swim the first time you’ll be swimming regularly? Then you’ll need to make sure that you’re heading to the pool as prepared as you can be. To make your new hobby a little easier we’ve compiled a list of the most important equipment you’ll need before diving in, and how it’ll help your swimming…

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10 WAYS TO DRINK MORE WATER

Jun 12, 2017

Did you know that 60% of your body is water? How much water we drink can have a profound effect on our health, such as keeping us moving and healthy in general, an improved mood, weight loss and glowing skin. Read on to find out how you can up your water intake...

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THE BEST FITNESS ADVICE

Jun 12, 2017

When it comes to fitness it can sometimes feel like opinions about what is right and what is wrong are flying in from all directions. The opinion ‘No Pain No Gain’ in particular is thrown around a lot, but do we really need to be putting ourselves in pain to achieve the results we want?

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8 REASONS WHY SWIMMING IS THE BEST EXERCISE

Jun 12, 2017

Everyone knows that working out in general is good for you. However, here at Aspire we think swimming tops all other forms of exercise! Read on to find out more...

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT SWIMMING THE CHANNEL

Jun 12, 2017

Have a look at these facts about swimming the real English Channel… some of which might make you grateful to be completing the swim inside!

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5 MINUTES WITH THE ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM TEAM: ALICE

Jun 09, 2017

See behind the scenes of the Aspire Channel Swim by hearing from employees themselves!

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10 AMAZING POOLS YOU WISH YOU COULD SWIM IN RIGHT NOW

Jun 08, 2017

Feel like you deserve a holiday? Inspire your wanderlust by looking at some of the most stunning, serene and downright sexy pools that this world has to offer.

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HOW SWIMMING HELPED A BROKEN NECK

Jun 05, 2017

When Alex broke her neck by falling off her horse, she thought she would never be able to do exercise again. However, only a year after the accident she completed the Aspire Channel Swim; 22 miles over 12 weeks!

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ASPIRE MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO MY LIFE

Jun 02, 2017

Having worked in London for two years for the National Addiction Centre as a Research Officer in prisons, Rowena’s life changed dramatically when her injury struck, leaving her paralysed from the chest down.

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LIVING WITH A SPINAL INJURY

May 15, 2017

We spoke with Amanda Hunt to find out her inspiring story about living with a spinal injury, and how she is more motivated than ever to help others who have suffered with similar injuries.

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PROOF THAT AGE IS JUST A NUMBER

Apr 23, 2017

For anyone that’s ever fundraised before, you’ll understand some of the challenges that you may be faced with. How do I get people to sponsor me in the first place? Once they’ve said they will, how do I collect the money and not make it seem like I’m pestering them?

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5 THINGS THE ASPIRE CHANNEL SWIM TAUGHT ME

Apr 18, 2017

Participants sign up to our annual challenge to help make a difference to someone’s life, and more often than not, this is accompanied by growing friendships, gaining new insights, learning new skills and in some cases, watching as their dreams become a reality.

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Five minutes with our Aspire ambassadors

Oct 28, 2016

We caught up with a few of our Aspire ambassadors, to find out how they are getting on with the challenge so far, and to see what advice they would give to future participants of the Aspire Channel Swim.

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Sporty Sophie gets back on the slopes thanks to Aspire

Sep 19, 2016

When Sophie Elwes fell from a roof terrace at a friend’s house, she sustained a back injury which would change her life forever. The damage caused to her spinal cord meant she would never walk again, but her prognosis was not to be the end of her active lifestyle. Thanks to funding from the charity Aspire, she has been able to pursue her passion for skiing and is now training with the British ParaSnowsports Team.

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10 top tips to help you prepare for the Aspire Channel Swim

Sep 19, 2016

So you’ve signed up to the Aspire Channel Swim and you’ve received your welcome pack, and now you’re thinking ‘what have I done?’ ‘Can I do this?’ Well the answer is… Yes you can! We’ve asked previous participants of the Channel Swim to pull together their top 10 tips of how to prepare for the challenge.

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We've gone global! US swimmer signs up for our challenge

Aug 29, 2016

Jim takes place in charity challenge that UK friend is unable to do because of cancer diagnosis

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10 year old girl signed up for 2016 Aspire Channel Swim

Aug 27, 2016

Lily from Portishead will be embarking on the challenge to help people like her dad who lives with a spinal cord injury

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Permanent neck and back damage hasn’t stopped Norfolk vicar from swimming the Channel…12 times

Aug 25, 2016

Eleanor Reddington is an Aspire Channel Swim-ming veteran. 12 Channel swims and 264 miles – the equivalent of swimming nearly the whole of England, from Manchester to Brighton on her own!

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The Aspire Channel Swim miraculously improves sick woman’s health

Aug 23, 2016

Jane Hatwell has ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease, but it didn’t stop her from completing the Aspire Channel Swim! Following her participation in the Aspire Channel Swim, she went into remission, and attributes the swimming exercise as the reason for her miraculous recovery.

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Life turned around for one man thanks to an Aspire Grant

Aug 21, 2016

Seven years ago a motorbike accident left Carl paralysed from the chest down. After a long period in hospital, Aspire helped him purchase an electric Batec bike to get out and about again with his family.

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Blog 08 Open Water Swim Kay Rolandi

From no exercise to multiple challenges. You can swim the Channel as well!

Aug 19, 2016

Kay Rolandi from Chichester, started swimming to lower her high blood pressure.She went from pretty much no exercise, to swimming 22 miles in 12 weeks and has so far raised £12,526 for Aspire.

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Aspire Grant gives Simon his thrill of exercise back

Aug 17, 2016

Simon loved all exercise, whether windsurfing, weight-training, or cycling and used to be that guy who ran 10 miles every day. However, his whole life changed when a deep dive went wrong.

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“I have been able to help improve the quality of someone else's life”

Aug 15, 2016

Lesley, from West Sussex, first swam the Aspire Channel Swim aged 51. She has a spinal injury herself, but wanted to make a difference for others with less mobility than her.

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Your fundraising has helped Gavin receive a voice recognition computer and adapted flat

Aug 13, 2016

Gavin had a spinal bleed in November 2013 which left him paralysed from the head down. Thanks to your fundraising and participation in the Aspire Channel Swim, we were able to provide him with Dragon voice recognition software to help him get back to work.

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Sign up for the amazing benefits of swimming

Aug 11, 2016

Swimming is the complete (and perfect) work out and has a host of positives for your body including psychological benefits. Here’s why you should get involved.

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Watch our new 2016 Aspire Channel Swim video!

Aug 02, 2016

We are delighted to present our brand new video for the Aspire Channel Swim, filmed over three days at five different locations, from both indoor and outdoor pools to the Royal Victoria Docks and Dover harbour.

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Jul 18, 2016

Sign up and receive professional hair care products

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Could you be one of our Aspire Ambassadors?

Jul 13, 2016

Will you be doing the Aspire Channel Swim 2016? If so, you could be one of our new Aspire Ambassadors who will chart their Aspire Channel Swim (ACS) challenge in five personally recorded videos.

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