Swimming to Happiness!
There’s a plethora of advice on how to lead a more balanced life. While some of it can seem confusing and vague, there’s a simple common thread: get enough exercise!
According to the American College of Sports medicine, kids need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise five days a week. Swimming is one exercise that meets this standard. Whether it’s for fun or fitness, being in the pool yields great benefits including reduced blood pressure, BMI management and reduced risk of chronic diseases.
In addition to the physical benefits of swimming, the act of learning to swim boosts confidence – something we see frequently at Little Kickers. It’s not uncommon for kids to start the session timid and to some degree scared of the water. Often within a few lessons and noticeable improvement, our students take on a new persona in the water! While some of this can be attributed to growing more comfortable with the instructor, it’s also clear that surprising themselves with their own ability helps them recognize that they’re more capable than they once thought. Parents report that this new self-awareness carries over to social skills, academics, and other sports.
Have you noticed any of these benefits in your own little kicker? Let us know – We’d love to hear your success story.