Why is swimming so good for you?
It’s well known that swimming is a great activity for children to take part in as it has so many health benefits, but just what exactly are these advantages and why are they so great? We thought we’d take a closer look into why swimming is so beneficial for your little one…
First and foremost, one of the biggest advantages of swimming has to be the water. The buoyancy means that any activity in the pool has very low impact on children’s bodies, and the added resistance also means they use more energy than they would out of the water – it really gives the whole body a workout without any strain being put on your child’s joints.
Swimming also promotes a healthy heart and healthy lungs - as we covered in this previous blog post, it helps with asthma and overall lung health - not only because of the environment swimming pools are usually in, but also because of the quick and deep breathing patterns that swimming requires. It’s also really great for getting the blood pumping and the best thing is, it can be done by any ability and at any pace.
Socially, it’s also a great way for your little one to meet new people and make friends, especially through swimming lessons – they really help to improve a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Our Becky Values also encourage this, rewarding swimmers for things such as Friendship, Kindness and Respect in lesson.
One of the lesser known advantages of swimming from an early age is that it improves posture – yes, really! The horizontal position of most swimming techniques means that over time, posture is improved as it gives your little one’s back some much-needed rest from sitting at their school desks all day.
And not forgetting, swimming is a mood lifting exercise that can be made relaxing or energetic – either way, it’s a guaranteed way to get your little one having fun.
If you want to start your child's swimming journey, Becky Adlington's SwimStars provide swimming lessons for children ages 3-11 across the UK!