This is a guest post by fitness instructor, Theresa Brawner. You can find more great stuff from Theresa at www.diet.st. Thank you Theresa!
Learning how to swim is one of the basics skills that each and every one of us should possess, even though a staggering amount of people still don’t know how to do it well. If you want to make sure that your kids are safe whenever they get into the water, then swimming lessons are a must. Whether it’s you who’s teaching them or you decide to put them into a swimming school, your little ones should get acquainted with the water as soon as possible. There are numerous benefits that swimming offers to kids and we’ll talk about 5 most important reasons why swimming lessons are so important.
1. Safety First!
The main reason why children should learn how to swim is their safety in and around water. Though our instincts can kick in when we’re in danger, you certainly don’t want to wait for a dangerous situation to happen, as that can seriously traumatize your child in the future. Kids generally like to be in the water, so getting them to swimming lessons won’t be too hard, just make sure to wait until they’re five years old or older until you enroll them. By the age of four, children are still not capable to intentionally hold their breath under water, which renders swimming lessons useless. You can still play with your little ones in the shallows tough, that stimulates them too.
2. It’s great for the Body
This is a given, seeing that so many grownups use swimming as exercise regime. For young bodies that are constantly growing, developing and changing, swimming is an amazing way to build muscles, be in better shape and constantly build strength. Your kids’ physique changes for the better if they adopt swimming as their extracurricular activity and the more they grow, the more athletic they will become and more importantly, they will be healthy and able to find their way around water effortlessly.
3. Swimming Nurtures Good Habits
Not only will you have some peace of mind when you know that your child swims well, but swimming is excellent for socializing and having a healthy outlook on life in general. When you incorporate a sport into your child’s life from an early age, as they grow they will understand that in order to perform well, they need to take care of themselves. If your children come to love swimming, then going to practice, working hard to obtain a goal, eating well to stay in best shape – everything will come naturally to them, without you having to explain these principles. Kids learn through practice and swimming is one of many sports that can teach them values they can then use throughout their whole life.
4. Best of Both Sides
One of the great things about swimming is that it can be both an individual and a team sport, which isn’t that easy to find. Your little ones get to spend some quality time socializing with their friends from swimming lessons and they learn how to behave in a team. This will naturally help them find their role in their surroundings and if they don’t like it, they can start to change it quite early in their lives. On the other hand, swimming can be highly individualistic as well, especially when it comes to preparing for competitions and constantly working to become better. As such, swimming is versatile and that is what every child can relate with.
5. Competitive Spirit and Motivation
Nothing like little competition to keep your kids motivated to be better in everything they do. If you want them to be in sports, then some competitive spirit is inevitable, just don’t let it get out of hand. When competitiveness is part of the fun and not the way of life, then everything has more flare and kids always appreciate some adrenalin in their everyday lives. You can be sure that they will get all of this with swimming.
– Theresa Brawner
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who writes articles for www.diet.st in her free time. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.