Humans are not born swimmers so they must learn how to be able to swim with ease. Some people actually never learn how to swim which can develop into hydrophobia or similar water phobias and disorders. Learning to swim is important for several reasons, and mastering this skill at a young age can benefit you throughout your life. Aside from being fun, swimming is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy and make friends. Swimming is a healthy activity that you can continue for a lifetime, it is a low-impact and has many physical and mental health benefits.
The common swimming styles in recreational swimming are breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke and freestyle.
Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:
- 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
- Improving coordination, balance and posture
- Improving flexibility
- Providing low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
The benefits of swimming are endless and all children should learn to swim as early as possible. Here are some reasons why:
- It’s essential to their safety.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages one through 14. It is necessary that all kids know how to swim at a young age. There is water all around us, even if it’s as small as a bathtub. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is essential to their safety. Red Cross swim kids are trained in a way that they will not only learn how to swim but they will also know how to protect and keep themselves safe when swimming. In this light, the Red Cross Swimming program should always be included in every Toronto swimming lessons to ensure that each child is trained according to proper standards.
- It’s a low-impact sport.
Swimming is quite obviously a low-impact sport, since it is performed in water. According to multiple scientific sources, the human body is completely buoyant, so you’re not hitting the ground with the weight you carry on land. Swimming is the ideal sport for the well being of one’s body for an extended period of time.
Anything in excess can cause your body to break down. But even then if you get a shoulder injury, you may still kick during practice to stay in shape. This isn’t so easy in other sports, where you often have to stop the sport all together because of the impact.
In swimming, the injured part of the body can be rested and the healthier part of the body can be used in the pool. The most common swimming injuries are caused due to overuse of certain muscles, swimming is a generally very easy on one’s body as opposed to a critical injury such as a sprain or break from running, lifting or jumping .
- Swimming is an incredible workout.
This sport involves moving multiple muscle groups in a high-intensity, cardio workout. All four strokes involve working different muscle groups. Often times, children and adults take up swimming for weight loss. It burns calories quickly, and is easier for overweight people to pick up because it’s low-impact.
Aside from weight loss, introducing your child to swimming early on will promote a healthy life. Once he or she learns to swim, they may hop in a pool at any point in their life to get a low-risk, high-intensity workout.
Swimming can help with chronic diseases and mental health and also improves the use of joints affected by arthritis. Swimming also releases endorphins, which aid in decreasing depression and improving moods. Parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities in the water are easier, enjoyable and good for the whole family to participate in.
Zodiac Day Camps offer a variety of swimming programs that adhere to the standards of Red Cross Swim Levels. Your child will surely be a part of a new group of Red Cross Swim Kids graduates after he/she completes the course.