Hidden Benefits of Swimming

Female swimming front crawl.

Whether you’re a child or an adult,  looking to pursue swimming recreationally or competitively, swimming has much to offer us all! Even if you never learned how to swim properly, there is much you can gain from swimming lessons, in addition to water safety. The following, are some of the benefits of swimming that are often overlooked.

Keeps Kids Healthy Into Adulthood

In Ontario, nearly a third of the youth population is overweight. Child obesity increases the chances of facing various health problems, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes;
  • High-blood pressure;
  • Asthma;
  • And even non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

Swimming is a great full-body exercise that keeps your child free of extra pounds, while simultaneously developing their cardiovascular system.

Swimming also promotes an active lifestyle in which your children see and feel the benefits of physical activity and will hopefully choose to continue that lifestyle into their adult years.

Improves Your Stamina

As mentioned above, swimming is a great way to exercise your cardiovascular system, and one major benefit to this is increased stamina. This translates to a lower resting heart rate, lower blood pressure and a higher metabolism. The higher your metabolism, the more effective your body is at burning calories, which helps with weight loss. Improved stamina also means you’ll tire slower during physical activity.

Provides a Great Social Outlet

Whether you swim recreationally, as a sport or are just learning to swim through lessons, swimming can be a great way to meet people interested in the same activity as you. This provides you with the opportunity to be encouraged by those around you and even form friendships that can carry-on outside of the pool.

In conclusion, swimming has the potential to enhance so many aspects of our lives! Here at B&C Aquatics, we offer recreational swims, as well as swimming lessons for both children and adults. We also have facilities in both Pickering and Scarborough for your convenience!