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Physical benefits of swimming

How swimming helps your little one's body

Physical Benefits of SwimmingSwimming very famously exercises all parts of the body (as well as improving all aspects of your life, as detailed in the Puddle Ducks Ripple Effect), but we’ve gone in to detail about how it helps give your little ones healthy lives.

Heart and lungs
Swimming works your child’s heart and lungs, training the body to use oxygen more efficiently, which is generally reflected in declines in the resting hearting heart and breathing rate. When they are swimming, the working muscles of their arms, legs, and core are demanding additional oxygen, and this makes their heart pump faster. As a result of regular swimming exercise, their heart will become stronger and able to pump more blood with each contraction. Your child’s lungs adapt by learning to absorb more oxygen, and the muscles in their diaphragm and ribs that control their breathing become stronger too.

Swimming feels amazing to the body and mind, instantly lifting our mood. Little swimmers benefit from new relationships that are formed by being a member of a pool, swim class, or swim team. Learning to respond to key words can make your child sharper mentally, increase levels of awareness and understanding, and improve communication between you and them. Swimming facilitates development of crucial higher brain functions, core muscles and co-ordination, often seeing earlier physical and mental development that non-swimming peers.

It would be quicker to list the muscles your little one won’t work by swimming! The constant pulling and pushing in water builds great muscle endurance and work capacity in the following muscles in particular: shoulders, back, abdominals, lats, legs, and triceps!

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