At Sea Otter, we know that swimming is for life! Swimming is not just a skill or activity you learn as a kid, but a physical activity you can do throughout your life that offers endless benefits!
All year long we have been discussing the benefits of swimming—socially, emotionally, neurologically, and physically! These benefits span across generations and are beneficial for young and old generations alike.
Starting a physical activity, like swimming, at a young age can boost confidence and self discipline; teaches children courage and trust; and starts them practicing healthy habits that will likely stay with them for life. In fact, studies have shown that children who learn behaviors young are much more likely to stick with those behaviors into adulthood.
Did you know?
- Only half of children and teens (ages 12 to 21) exercise regularly.
- More than one third of children and adolescents are considered obese or overweight.
- Teens who are overweight have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
Teaching children healthy exercise habits now impacts them as an adult. For adults and children, participating in regular physical activity prevents or delays the development of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity and promotes overall health. Encouraging exercise at a young age not only promotes habits that stay into adulthood, but also results in a healthier society and reduced healthcare costs.
Later in adulthood, swimming and water activity is perfect for the older population who are less prone to exercise. Swimming offers improved heart, kidney, and respiratory functions as well as greater relaxation and flexibility–without the risk of injury.
Water activity also improves or maintains the bone health of post-menopausal women and is beneficial for those suffering from injuries such as arthritis or back pain.
If you don’t know how to swim, or are feeling a little rusty, we can help! Our instructors are trained to work with children and adults and can help you push past any limitations you or your child may have. Sign up for lessons today and start improving your family’s overall health with swimming!