The Benefits of Swimming

When’s the last time you hung out with your kids in the water? Swimming is fun, but it’s so much more! Teach your kids to swim and they’ll have a lifelong skill that will benefit them in many ways.

Here are the Top 5 Benefits of Knowing How to Swim (for Kids):

1. Fitness

Swimming uses every one of the body’s major muscle groups and is a fantastic aerobic activity to get your child’s heart pumping. Plus, it’s a low-impact activity that increases flexibility (while also improving balance and posture!) and remains the sport least likely to cause injuries in kids. And that’s one less thing to worry about when the kids are playing, right, Mom?! That’s something to celebrate!

2. Health

Participating in a sport reduces the risk of childhood obesity, which is also linked to juvenile diabetes. Swimming is great because of the cardiovascular benefits that promote heart and lung health — and it’s an activity that can be done solo or on a team, any time of year!

3. Strength and Coordination

Do you remember the thing where you have to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time? (Did you just try it?) That takes some definite coordination, much like swimming: You need to synchronize what your arms and legs are doing, along with coordinating your breathing and other body movements. Swimming helps with coordination and strength in other, out-of-water situations as a result.

4. Water Safety

One of the most beneficial parts of swimming is that it teaches your little swimmer how to stay safe in and around water. It’s one of the biggest reasons to NOT let your child quit swim lessons. Your child will be prepared should anything happen in the water.

5. Confidence and Motivation

When’s the last time you were near a pool and you heard someone yell out, “MARCO!” Well, when your kids learn how to swim, they’ll be able to confidently join in and yell, “POLO!” in response! Swimming is a great way to teach your kids motivation



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