It’s no secret that swimming is an excellent activity for kids to take part in, but what exactly are the health benefits and why are they so crucial for the next generation?
Despite retiring from competitive swimming back in 2013, my enthusiasm for the sport continued, and the following year, I launched my Learn to Swim programme. This was set up to ensure that all children, in line with the National Curriculum requirements, leave primary school able to swim at least 25m.
That is the reason I’m so proud to encourage Everyone Active’s School Swimming Programme!
Swimming taught me many life lessons that finally moulded me as somebody; admiration — for my coach, teammates, competitors; conclusion — showing up to training every morning after I’d come last in a race the day before; friendship — that the camaraderie was a massive part of my swimming journey, with many of my teammates then still being my closest friends today; the list continues…
As strange as it seems, another great advantage of swimming for children is the water.
The buoyancy means that any activity in the pool has a shallow impact on their bodies, and the added resistance also means they use more energy than they would out of the water — it gives the entire body a workout without any strain being placed on your kid’s joints. I know whenever I take my three-year-old, Summer to the local pool, all she wants is a bite plus asleep afterwards!
Swimming also promotes a healthy heart and healthy lungs.
It can help children with asthma — not only because of the humidity of indoor swimming pools but also due to the quick, deep breathing routines which swimming requires. It’s great for getting the blood pumping, and the best thing is it can be carried out with no ability and at any rate.
Rather than forgetting, swimming is a excellent mood-lifting workout and is a guaranteed way to receive your little one with fun!
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