HEART HEALTH FOR KIDS: swim your heart out!

“Swim your heart out. If you’re looking for exercise that improves heart and lung capacity, but is gentle on your joints, swimming is a top choice. Like other aerobic exercise such as running, it can improve cardiovascular fitness as well as cholesterol levels!” (Berkeley Wellness Center)

February is Heart Health Month, and Miller Swim School takes kids’ heart health seriously — and so should you. Not only is swimming fun, an important skill that all kids should have, and great exercise, but swimming is also important for kids’ heart health.

Find out why with these 5 Ways Swimming Keeps Kids Fit (and Happy):

Swimming makes the heart work better.

When it comes to cardiovascular health, swimming is one of the top exercises in keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels low — for all ages. Swimming trains your body to have your heart and lungs work together efficiently, which in turn allows your heart to have a lower resting heart rate since its working less to pump blood and oxygen throughout your body! Wow!

Swimming strengthens every muscle — including your heart.

Working out isn’t always about getting big muscles; it’s about working your muscles so that they stay strong. And strong muscles — including your heart muscle— are better able to overcome any potential damaging issue. The heart, like every other muscle, needs consistent exercise to stay fit. Luckily, swimming is one of the easiest and most fun exercises to strengthen muscles for kids with long-lasting benefits!

Swimming burns calories that can harm the heart.

Part of staying fit is burning more calories than you take in. It’s about making sure that fat isn’t building up and clogging arteries (which can lead to heart disease over time). The good thing about swimming and getting kids to burn those calories is that swimming doesn’t seem like “exercise” to kids —it’s more about doing something that’s fun! And even if kids “know” how to swim, they still greatly benefit from having swimming lessons. That’s certainly something to celebrate!

Swimming helps prevent diabetes and childhood obesity.

These two conditions have been on the rise in recent years, but luckily, they can both often be prevented! Having an active lifestyle that works the heart, strengthens muscles and burns calories helps kids stay healthy. It can also instill a life-long habit of exercise and fitness.

Swimming makes you happy.

Swimming itself is fun for kids, but did you know that swimming really does make kids happy? Exercise releases endorphins — the brain’s natural feel-good chemicals. It also reduces cortisol, the stress hormone. As a result, kids — and anyone who exercises — have lower instances of anxiety and depression. That’s above and beyond the extraordinary results swimming provides!

Keep your kids heart healthy at Miller Swim School!