4 Reasons Why Swimming is Beneficial
A great low-impact exercise
Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. According to the Better Health Australia website, just some of the benefits you can feel from swimming include:
- keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body
- builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
- helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
- tones muscles and builds strength
- provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.
A vital life skill
Especially in Australia, it is vital that everyone knows how to swim. We have so many beautiful oceans, lakes, rivers and hot days that it would be a shame to miss out on all the amazing water activities you can do. Learning to swim can also keep you and your family safe, as hundreds of Australians die every year from accidental drownings. So keep alert around water, know your limits, but most importantly have fun and enjoy all the benefits you can gain from swimming.
Social, relaxing and a great way to cool down on a hot day
Swimming lessons are a great way for your child to make new friends, build confidence and to lessen fears they may have around water. Swimming is a fun activity that is something you are never too old to do. Going to the beach is always a great option in the summer holidays for a family activity or maybe you even have a pool at your house. Swimming is proven to relieve stress and relax your body, so there are benefits for you as well, not just for your children!
Developmental benefits in children
Taking swimming lessons can aid in your child’s social, physical and emotional development. Multiple studies have proven that children who regularly attend swimming classes have advanced scoring in language, literacy, numeracy and comprehension development. Professor Robyn Jorgensen of Griffith University conducted an independent 4-year study which showed that swimming in a child’s early years builds social, physical and intellectual capital. To read about the study in more detail follow this link! Even younger children can benefit from swimming. Taking parent and baby classes from 6 months can improve a baby’s mobility functions, stimulate their mind and build confidence.