Getting your child into a bathing suit in the middle of winter may feel counterintuitive, however, the benefits of winter swimming cannot be denied! Let’s look at some of the top benefits of why jumping into a pool during this time of year is a smart choice for your little ones!
Swimming positively affects 3 major systems of the body; circulatory, immune and muscular system. Other key benefits include:
Increases Muscular Strength And Tone
Ever heard of resistance exercises? These are exercises that people follow to build their muscles and increase their muscular strength. Swimming is a resistance exercise purely because it involves propelling yourself through water, which is much denser than air (almost 12 times denser). Swimming scores heavily over running and jogging as it involves more effort, leading to stronger muscles and bones.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Swimming is good for the heart because it’s an aerobic exercise and like all such exercises, it strengthens the heart. This way, the heart becomes larger and its pumping action is more refined, leading to better blood circulation. All that the body needs for its proper functioning is an unaffected blood flow, so this way swimming regularly can help maintain overall health.
Helps Avoid Asthmatic Symptoms
Vigorous aerobic activity in a dry setting triggers wheezing and shortness of breath, and this is medically termed ‘Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction’. Swimming is a good alternative, as in this case, the aerobic activity is performed in a setting with moist air. This majorly reduces the symptoms of Exercise Induced Brochoconstriction and helps in avoiding asthma attacks. The respiratory benefits of swimming include regulating the breathing cycle and increasing the lung volume.
Helps Counter Mental Stress
Swimming is an aerobic exercise that helps the circulatory system function better, so this leads to better blood circulation to the brain. When it’s supplied with enough oxygen and blood, the brain starts a process called hippocampal neurogenesis, where cells from the hippocampus (the part of the brain responsible for memory) that have been lost due to stress are replaced with new cells. To top this, swimming also triggers the release of endorphins in the brain, which are chemicals that bring about feelings of contentment and euphoria.
Boosts The Immune System
Most benefits of swimming primarily arise from its effect on the circulatory system. When the cells in the body receive blood and oxygen regularly, they function better and efficiently remove toxins like carbon dioxide periodically. This helps in securing the body’s overall well being. Swimming also has a positive effect on the lymphatic system, which is responsible for distributing healthy white blood cells throughout the body. When the lymphatic system functions perfectly, white blood cells are regularly distributed, resulting in increased immunity against all diseases and infections.
In summary, to all the parents who get their children (and yourself for that matter!) into a swim suit and drive through the pouring rain to make it to their lessons each week – GOOD FOR YOU! In addition to all the benefits you will see in your children’s swimming skills, know you are also doing something positive for their health in so many ways!