How Swimming Combats Common Childhood Illnesses
Little Fishes Swim School’s mission to help children learn—and love—to swim, is about more than promoting a fun hobby. Not only is learning to swim properly imperative to keeping little fish safe in the water, but swimming is also a way to help combat common childhood illnesses. Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of jumping into the pool.
More than 30% of American kids are at risk of obesity. While dietary choices play a role, so, too, do the sedentary lifestyles many kids today lead. With screen-based hobbies becoming increasingly popular, kids are moving less and are struggling to get enough activity into their days.
Swimming can help combat obesity. It’s an all-over workout that’s also a lot of fun. It promotes fitness, strength, and coordination while giving kids opportunities to strive for achievement – and to enjoy individual and team sports in the water. It’s also low-impact and relatively injury-free, making it a great choice for kids who are otherwise disinclined to play sports.
Swimming involves high levels of energy expenditure, which is effective in helping manage weight – and therefore keeping type 2 diabetes at bay. For those who have been diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, however, swimming offers plenty of benefits.
It is low-impact and involves a constant level of movement, unlike stop-start sports that can put stress on the body. By keeping stress off the feet, it’s also a winner for kids who may suffer from numbness or lack of feeling in their feet or toes.
Kids with diabetes should notify their swim teacher or coach about their condition; it helps to let a swim buddy know as well. A supervising adult can then monitor for the symptoms of hypoglycemia and have snacks or a drink at hand if needed. It’s also helpful to keep your medical ID with you – and to first consult with your family doctor about any new exercise or activity plans.
Swimming has been touted as one of the best activities for people with asthma, and that applies to asthmatic kids as well. The warm, moist air of the swimming pool environment tends to have much less of an effect on the lungs than the cool dry air breathed during other sports, reducing the likelihood of wheezing or chest tightness. Swimming also helps promote lung strength and development, which is good news not just for asthma sufferers, but for all swimmers.
As you can see, getting in the pool has plenty of health benefits – the above are just a few! Swimming is a vital skill that kids will use throughout their lives, and that can help keep them fit and healthy in childhood and beyond. Little Fishes Swim School offers a fun, energetic environment for infants through to independent swimmers all year round. Our small class sizes and friendly instructors ensure that your child will experience the many benefits swimming offers. Get in touch or come visit one of our locations today!