Did You Know?
Swimming is an all-year, low-impact activity that can be practised by any age group. It not only keeps you fit, but also relaxes the mind, aids focus and improves flexibility and coordination.
RobinAge speaks to Pooja Arora, a fitness expert at Speedo, and ask her about the role swimming plays in developing a child’s body and mind.
1. PHYSICAL FITNESS
Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It promotes heart and lung health, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and improves balance and posture. Because of the natural support and resistance provided by water, swimming is a fantastic activity to develop strong joints. It offers nearly 20 to 30% more mobility to the joints as compared to other sports. It also uses more muscles than any other sport as it engages the lower and upper body, the abdomen, the torso and even the laterals.
2. BETTER SLEEP
Swimming utilises a lot of energy and burns calories. Children who swim regularly get better sleep and in turn are more energetic throughout the day.
3. EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Swimming improves mental and emotional health. The natural buoyancy of water makes swimming relaxing. The temperature of the water helps the body sync with the environment around it, thereby aiding relaxation. Swimming also improves the overall mood and helps combat depression. Active children are happier and healthier.
4. BONDING WITH PEOPLE
Swimming is a great opportunity for parents, children and friends to bond and share quality time in an otherwise busy life.
5. CONFIDENCE BOOSTER
Swimming is a great confidence builder. It helps children become body-confident and develop belief in their athletic ability and social skills. It is also a great way for children to meet people from different backgrounds and other schools, particularly when participating in competitions. Swimming can be a gateway to a wider range of activities like water polo, surfing or scuba diving.
6. HEALTHY SPIRIT OF COMPETITION
Learning to swim with a trained professional in the company of other young swimmers helps children build discipline and stick to a goal in a limited amount of time. Such children embrace personal improvement as a way of life and grow up to be balanced, spirited and enthusiastic adults.
7. CONCENTRATION & FOCUS
Children who swim have better levels of concentration and longer attention spans in other spheres of life too. Swimmers are often seen to perform well in school. Also, swimming has proved to be an interesting way to combat the increasing gadget obsession among kids and teens. Swimming is an activity that combines learning, adventure and entertainment and helps children build a focused approach.
8. SENSE OF BELONGING
When surrounded by like-minded swimmers across different age groups, kids develop a sense of belonging to the sport, the club or the group they swim with. An increased involvement with peers who have a similar interest makes it a fun and refreshing hobby. Any kind of physical activity can have a positive effect on mental health and well-being, but swimming is particularly effective. In general, swimming is known to enhance self-worth and increase general satisfaction in life. It’s a sport everyone must learn.
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