Every parent wants to give as many opportunities as possible to their children to realise their potential. There are countless activities children can try out such as dance, football, chess, karate, computing, basketball and violin. But the reality is that your budget does not stretch as far as you would like (nobody warned us having children is this expensive!). Besides, time after school and at the weekend is limited for busy families. So, you would need to make decision which one to choose or continue.
We strongly believe swimming should take priority over other extra-curricular activities for every child. But why? Read on to find out our reasons.
Swimming can save lives
It sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s true. You can’t say the same with ballet or hockey (no disrespect to ballerina and hockey players!). Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death worldwide. Swimming is a vital life skill that everyone should acquire – the skill you can’t learn by reading a book or watching YouTube.
Swimming helps to build a stronger body
With swimming, you use most of your muscle groups, so it is perfect for toning muscles, building core strengths, and stamina. It also helps to expand lung capacity which is beneficial for everyone but especially for asthma sufferers. These are reasons why many children who swim regularly tend to be good at other sports as well.
Swimming is a mood booster
One in 4 people in UK experience a mental health problem each year and there are increasing number of children struggling with anxiety and depression. Swimming produces endorphins, the hormones that make you feel happy and increase the positivity. The breathing patterns and rhythmic movements created with swimming can be meditative. We have seen time after time anxious or fidgety children leave swimming lessons calmer and more relaxed.
Swimming can make your child smarter
Studies from Griffith University shows that young children who regularly swim are above average when it comes to cognitive skills, problem solving in mathematics and languages. Swimming has also shown to have a significant impact in improving memory function and thinking skills.
So, there you have it. Swimming is one of the best and most valuable activities out there for your children, and with this skill it would open doors to other opportunities later in their lives. It is a true worthwhile investment for your children.