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Why Swimming Isnt Just a Summer Sport

Summertime always brings the swimmers out due to one of the biggest benefits of swimming, to cool you off and enjoy some outdoor fun!  Most people think of swimming as a warm weather sport, but with our indoor facility and our heated pool, you can swim all year long at Miller!  Listed below are some of the top reasons to keep swimming through the School Year.

Infants and Toddlers

According to the CDC, “drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death for children ages 1-14.” We believe prevention is key to making the water a safer place for children. With proper lessons and exposure to the water at an early age children can be taught how to be safe in the water and potentially how to save themselves. While you may not have a pool at your home, there will inevitably be a time when your child is placed in a situation with water and it is best for them to be as prepared as possible.

School Age

There are three main reasons (but many others not mentioned!) to keep your school aged kids in swim lessons year-round, safety, physical health and emotional/cognitive health.
Safety: According to KidsHealth.org, drowning is the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. By teaching your child to swim, he will not only become a stronger swimmer but also gain valuable experience in the water. This experience greatly reduces the risk of an emergency if your child accidentally falls in an unguarded pool or gets pulled into deep water by a rip current at the beach. Or if your child’s friend fell into the pool, would your child be prepared and know what to do?
Physical Health: According to 24 Hour Fitness, swimming is an excellent cardiovascular workout that promotes heart and lung health, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina and even improves balance and posture. In addition, swimming is a way to prevent childhood obesity, which has been linked to juvenile diabetes, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swimming also puts less strain on joints and connective tissues than other forms of exercise. And finally, emotional health: Encouraging your child to swim can also improve his mental and emotional health. The natural buoyancy of the water is more relaxing than other types of exercise, notes 24 Hour Fitness. In addition, the CDC found that people tend to exercise for longer periods of time while swimming. Swimming can also improve overall mood, and help combat depression.

Adult

Water provides a low impact exercise which may be the only way some people can work out safely. With heart disease and inflammation in the joints as two major problems the elderly face when trying to work out, swimming can provide one of the best ways to stay active. Furthermore, it is never too late to learn to swim! Have a beach vacation planned or a cruise on the horizon? Get registered for our Adult Only class now and learn to swim or brush up on your strokes for you next big race!

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