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Concerned that your child is not getting enough outdoor exercise? Swimming is the perfect answer. Here's a look at the health benefits of swimming for kids
Given the sedentary lifestyle and widespread fascination for gadgets of modern-day children, parents often worry about ensuring how to make them spend enough time outdoors. The lack of physical exercise causes children to fall short on stamina and flexibility of the body. It also results in poor posture. For all these concerns, swimming - with all adequate safety measures in place, of course - is the perfect answer. The multiple health benefits of swimming for kids makes it one of the best modes of exercises. It is also a very valuable life skill your child needs to learn.
Introducing your children to swimming is a great way to establish the importance of a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest advantages of swimming is that it allows children to be naturally adventurous and have fun. Both kids and adults tend to exercise for longer periods of time while swimming than while pursuing most other types of exercise.
The human body is 90% buoyant when in water up to the neck, and this makes swimming a perfect low-impact yet high-energy workout for children. It is also less strenuous on the body when compared to any other sport or workout. Further, the natural buoyancy of water and its effect on the human body is more calming than other forms of exercises.
One major physical benefit of swimming is that it triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins, famously known as the 'happy hormones' or the 'feel-good chemicals', lift our spirits and leave us refreshed.
Swimming has been proved to be an effective form of physical exercise for both mind and body. It is a great exercise regimen for the joints, offering around 20%-30% more mobility than many playground sports. At the same time, it offers a challenging workout which is not too harsh on the joints and connective tissues in the body.
Swimming boosts the cardiovascular capacity while increasing muscle strength, offering a good alternative to higher-impact activities like basketball, running and weightlifting.
Swimming is a wonderful exercise and offers so many health benefits to children. Of course, swimming helps in weight loss; however, there are other primary benefits too:
It is important to teach children to swim as early as possible. Here's why:
Whether it is a private swimming pool or a public facility, ensuring safety while swimming is of the utmost importance. Swimming caps, water goggles, swimwear and other swimming accessories not only add zing to pool time, but also contribute to your little one's safety.
And finally, swimming is a great way for you to bond with your child. Helping your kid learn to swim is not only joyful and inspiring but an important responsibility for a parent. Learning how to swim can turn your water-shy child into a confident individual. So make the most of your weekends and gift your children and yourself some quality time for fun and games in the water, and enjoy the multiple benefits of swimming!
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