Educating and motivating children to swim has substantial health and wellness benefits. Giving children access to year long swimming pools under supervision also helps encourage an active lifestyle. A controlled swimming environment helps facilitate confidence and motivation as they build strength and endurance and is something they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. Furthermore, very few injuries are sustained in the pool compared to other sports.
Greater Physical Health And Wellness
Swimming is an outstanding cardio exercise that strengthens heart as well as lung capacity, raises endurance as well as improve balance and body control. Swimming in warm water temperatures can improve blood circulation as well as increase flexibility and promote greater muscle relaxation. On top of that, swimming is a great way to curb childhood obesity by exercising all the muscles of the body simultaneously. Government statistics suggest that approximately 17% of children aged 2-19 are obese. Childhood obesity can substantially increase the risks of other illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing problems, as well as social problems such as discrimination and low self-esteem. Besides the strength building and cardiovascular benefits, swimming helps relax the body, is a mood booster, and can increase daily energy as well as reduce stress.
Safety And Prevention
According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death with one out of five being children 14 years old or younger. By showing your child how to swim, parents can provide their children with not just a useful skill but something that can considerably lower the threat of an emergency situation if they fall into a pool or other body of water. Letting your children overcome potential fears and learn to become comfortable in water in a controlled, supervised environment is a great way to improve their chances of safety and wellbeing.
Increase Brain Power
According to research done by the Griffith University, a study testing a group of 180 children found that those who participated in early years swimming achieve developmental milestones faster and also performed better in visual-motor skills and mathematically related tasks. According to Dr. Shalom Drimer, swimming helps stimulate and develop the cerebellum which is responsible for motor control and language skills. Having your children learn to swim can not only help with physical development but also potentially improve reading and writing skills as well.
This guest post is written by Ray Chang from Fitmax iPool exercise home swimming pools and is for informational purposes only