In Benefits of Swimming for Kids, all the benefits of swimming both in health and mentally are explored which are beneficial to kids and adults alike.
There’s something about kids and water – they can’t get enough. And they’re definitely onto something because not only is swimming loads of fun, it’s one of the few sports that gives you an amazing all over physical workout – no matter what your fitness level.
Need more convincing? Let’s dive into some of the reasons why the whole fam should hit the water this summer.
1. It’s fun!
Kids go mad for swimming? Why not make the most of their love for the pool and get them involved in the Westpac Summer League Series. It’s the perfect mix of team spirit, healthy rivalry and plenty of fun and enjoyment, as they compete to win points for their club over a series of summer carnivals. They will love it.
2. It’s low impact
Water supports up to 90% of your body, so unlike activities that require you to run and jump around, swimming is gentle on your joints, which is perfect for older people, kids, or if you have an injury. Swimming increases your heart rate without stressing your body and it can aid in your recovery too.
3. Boosts confidence and self-esteem in kids
Living in WA, it’s super-important that kids feel confident and capable in and around the water. Developing this confidence through exposure to pools and swimming can have positive knock-on effects in other areas of their lives, too – like social interactions and boosting their self-esteem.
4. Improves muscle definition and strength
Where runners build muscle in their legs, swimmers build strength throughout their entire body because they are using more muscle groups as they move through the water. It’s one of the best aerobic exercises you can do – while the legs kick, your arms pull. As the back rotates, your stomach tightens to power the legs and stabilise your core. It’s a total body workout!
5. Increases your energy levels
Did you know, just 30 minutes of swimming three times per week can boost your energy levels as a result of increased metabolic rate? Feeling sluggish is often associated with being inactive, so the simple remedy is, get out there and get fit!
5. Improves physical health (without the sweat!)
If you hate to sweat, then this is the perfect form of exercise for you. You’ll never feel sweaty no matter how hard you work, because the water is always cooling you down. And you’ll burn lots calories too. For every 10 minutes of freestyle, you can burn around 100 calories.
6. De-stresses and relaxes you
It’s a proven thing that hitting the pool regularly can lower your stress levels, improve your sleep and reduce anxiety and depression. Being submerged in water slows down the amount of sensory information your body is exposed to, which helps bring on calm. Perhaps that’s why people enjoy soaking in the tub?
7. It works your whole body
Yes, swimming may be low impact but don’t be fooled, your body is still putting in the hard yards. Water is denser than air, so when you’re swimming, you’re actually putting more pressure on your limbs than if you were exercising on dry land. The pressure though, is distributed equally, so your knees or hips won’t feel the wear and tear like it does from a higher impact activity.
You’ll also find you’re working parts of your body that often get neglected like your lats, deltoids and traps.
8. Improves flexibility
Unlike a gym where you work on isolated areas of the body at a time, swimming uses a different range of motions that elongates your entire body and stretches your muscles, which ultimately aids in enhanced flexibility.
9. Turns back the clock
According to research, regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger. Swimming helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs. Even up until your 70s, it can have a positive impact on your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning and muscle mass.