The Benefits of Swimming for your Child
Learning to swim is a life skill that every parent wishes a child to master.
At the very least, it is a safety measure, but what about the long-term value of swimming?
Swimming is an excellent choice of activity for children as it promotes health and also has therapeutic value.
There are certain physiological effects which provide solid evidence of the long-term health benefits of swimming:
- Swimming regularly, improves the proportion of muscle tissue to fat.
- Swimming strengthens the connective tissues (cartilages, ligaments, tendons) and inter-muscle as well as organ-supporting tissue
- Swimming increases the tidal volume of the lungs.
- Swimming improves the blood supply to the lungs and to the heart – muscle itself.
- Swimming increases the size and strength of the heart.
- Swimming leads to a lower normal heart rate.
- Swimming also has therapeutic value. In Russia, it is policy to take one- month-old infants to bathe in warm pools as it results in children growing up essentially healthier and much less prone to infection. Swimming thus improves the immune system. When swimming, the movement of water against the body has a massaging effect which soothes and calms the swimmer. This leads to improved concentration and better focus.