What Are the Benefits of Swimming for Kids?

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What Are the Benefits of Swimming for Kids?
Swimming can be a lifelong activity. (swim practice image by tomcat2170 from Fotolia.com)

Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise because it engages several body parts in an environment that doesn't stress your joints. Swimming provides an aerobic exercise that has a range of health benefits. For children, it's a fun form of exercise that should be introduced at an early age.

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Emotional benefits

Swimming can improve the mental well-being of your child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming can improve your mood and decrease anxiety. Swimming is also an activity that can involve the whole family. The CDC also reports that parents of children with developmental disabilities have found that group swimming improves family connections.

Range of Exercises

Swimming can provide children with a range of exercise, from a small amount of activity and movement to a full-on aerobic workout. The fun of messing around in the water allows children to exercise without even knowing it. It can provide stretching and toning exercises, or a full workout that can strengthen the lungs and the heart. It is also good as an individual activity or as a team sport where kids compete in relay races.

Health Problems

Swimming is beneficial for kids with health problems ranging from arthritis to asthma. Overweight children will find that swimming is an easier form of exercise than others such as running or playing tennis. The movement in the water makes exercising easier and more fun for overweight children. Those with juvenile arthritis benefit from the weightlessness of being in water, making it easier for them to get a small amount of low-impact exercise. Similarly, kids with asthma are less likely to suffer from asthma attacks while swimming than during other forms of exercise. Indoor swimming is especially beneficial as the moist air makes breathing easier.

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