British Heart Foundation: Swimmers Make the Best Lovers

Retta Race
by Retta Race 5

April 15th, 2015 News

Having chosen swimming as your sport of interest, would you consider yourself charitable, happy, good at keeping things tidy and not-so-lacking in the love department?  According to a research study conducted by the British Heart Foundation over February and March of 2015, the aforementioned emotional and mental traits have been found linked to the sport of swimming.

2000 adults were surveyed earlier this year to gather mental and emotional data connected to the individual’s specific sports interests and some interesting links were found.  Regarding the results, a neuropsychologist involved with the study told CNN that, “It has long been known that exercise is not only good for your body, but also your mind. The results from this study show that no matter what kind of person you are, there is the right kind of exercise for everyone.”

Any cyclists, runners or yoga feigns in your life?  Compare their discipline’s personality traits to those of yours as a swimmer and take pride in our sport’s unique qualities.


Tend to vote Liberal Democrats
Are laid back and Calm
The least likely to be depressed or suffer stress


Tend to vote Labour
Are extroverts
Love being the center of attention
Listen to lively upbeat music


Make the best lovers
Are charitable
Tend to be happy
Good at keeping tidy


Like their own company
Are charitable
Don’t like drawing attention to themselves
Least materialistic


Very agreeable and conscientious (organized, find it easy to put themselves into other people’s shoes)
One of the least materialistic groups
Most likely out of all groups to vote for the Green party


Extroverted and highly emotionally stable (less likely than others to suffer mood swings)
One of the happiest groups
More likely than other groups to read the Sun
Most likely to vote Conservative

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5 years ago

Tidy? Must be specific to British swimmers…

Reply to  sven
5 years ago

Nope not all British swimmers! Would take this with a pince of salt seeing as the survey sample is of 2000 people.

Reply to  Gina
5 years ago


5 years ago

As a swimmer I whole heartedly agree with this article. We do make the best lovers!!!!!

5 years ago

None of these reasons are true, and here is why:

Make the best lovers: While making love boys spend more time looking at their muscles then paying attention to their partner (I heard about that, mind you… no personal experience, save bad jokes)

Are charitable: Most self-centered athletes. Charitable? Please. Unless you count donating old swim caps.

Tend to be happy: Do not confuse “I am so good” smirk on their faces with happiness.

Good at keeping tidy: Ha-ha-ha. That is my wife laughing – we have 4 swimmers in family.

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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