Why you should take your family swimming
Swimming can be seen as quite a time consuming activity.
However when you add up the benefits an active hour down at the pool can bring it may seem a little more worth while to find the time to take your family swimming.
- Good exercise for you
- Good exercise for the children
- The children learn to swim
- Family bonding time
If you are playing in the pool with young children you may not burn quite as many calories as if you were doing an all out swimming workout. (Depending on your weight this is likely to be more than 500 calories an hour). However you are still exercising with resistance from the water by walking, and moving around.
As the children get older, games of pretending to be crocodiles, volley ball or races are good activities to play with children in the pool. You and they are increasing activity levels and as a result fitness.
Create a routine when you take your family swimming
As we at Help for Busy Mums say – routines are good. And creating a simple routine for when you are going anywhere, particularly on a regular basis makes life a little bit simpler.
For example make sure you have clothes and shoes that are easy for young children and yourself to get dressed in. Change for the locker and money for drinks afterwards, or take your own snacks. Think ahead to the pitfalls of swimming and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Other less obvious reasons to take your family swimming
Young swimmers are able to develop their social skills, good habits and thoughtfulness for those around them in the pool which relates to their behaviour in every day life. Also getting into the habit of participating in a physical activity is a good habit start when a child is young whether they are inclined to participate in other formal sports or not.
Swimming is sociable and participatory
Jenreviews an in depth review on the benefits of swimming reports “Because swimming is a highly social and participatory sport, people report improvements in their moods, outlooks, and identities when they keep consistent swimming schedules over an extended period of time.”
For young swimmers especially, they potentially develop their social skills, good habits, and attitudes around physical activity.”
The science behind swimming confirms
Jenreviews sums up her review on swimming which is backed up by many different scientific reports with the following statement which makes very interesting reading.
It wins the argument hands down to get into the habit of taking your children swimming as it will benefit everyone in the family in many different ways.
” Swimming is a valuable life-saving adaptation and skill to learn.
While any form of physical activity is markedly better than a sedentary lifestyle, swimming may be an easier choice for individuals at the start or in the middle of their respective fitness journeys.
Research supports that swimming is potentially less stressful on the body than high-impact exercises. It increases oxygen capacity, improves cardiovascular function, helps protect against chronic illness, delays the effects of aging, and aids body weight regulation for its participants.
The social support and community one gains through swimming is also a great motivator for its participants. They are encouraged to maintain and continue its practice as they age, regardless of whether or not they do so for competitive purposes.”