According to the Live Strong Website, Swimming is a good source of aerobic exercise which provides natural resistance to stimulate children’s muscles and help build strength. It promotes good health, enhances social development skills, increases endurance and develops stamina. More importantly, water safety is valuable knowledge for everyone. Knowing how to swim can save your life in a dangerous situation. Children who know how to swim will be better equipped if they ever face a water emergency.
There are fitness benefits to both swimming as a workout and simply playing in the pool. All children should learn at least the basics of swimming before they are 4 or 5 years of age. One reason to teach kids the basics of swimming at a young age is because of their innate ability to float when they are young, making the process of swimming all the much easier to learn. As a person gets older, their baby fat disappears, and muscles start to grow, as do their fears.
For us, swimming is the IDEAL sport for the whole family to enjoy physical fitness and quality bonding time together. We try to bring Dana to the pool for waterplay at every opportunity.
Last weekend being the Labor Day holidays, we brought her out swimming on two consecutive days! Our efforts at introducing swimming to Dana early seemed to have paid off as she is very comfortable with water and she relishes each waterplay session (as evident from the photos). We’re so glad she’s a water baby!!
P.S. Incidentally, this is my 100th post for the blog since I started it 2 years ago. Wanna shout a BIG THANK YOU to my friend Yen who encouraged me to start one to chronicle my journey as a mummy to Dana and to share her growth. I’ve been wondering what my 100th post will be since weeks back. Couldn’t be happier with today’s entry. Thanks for visiting and do drop a comment to say Hi if you can 🙂