Getting your kids involved in sports has a lot of advantages.
- Playing a sport is a fun way to get regular physical activity.
- Kids practice and develop valuable social skills.
- It’s a great way to figure out how to be part of a team.
- Sports and other physical activities provide alternatives to screen time.
Some kids gravitate toward team sports, and others prefer individual sports. Individual sports like martial arts, gymnastics, swimming, and tennis are great options.
In a sport like swimming, kids get the benefits of an individual sport where the focus is more on learning skills and improving over time. Recognizing personal improvement is a confidence booster and gives kids a sense of accomplishment.
These positive feelings contribute to your child’s enjoyment making it more likely that they’ll continue participating long-term. And at the same time, they’ll also be a part of a team.
In addition to learning, having fun, and boosting confidence, here are a few more benefits of getting your child involved with a swim team:
1. Health and Fitness
Swimming is a great way to get regular physical activity. Swimming leads to a variety of health and fitness improvements and increases endurance, strength, coordination, and spatial awareness.
2. Year-Round Activity
Because of indoor swimming pools, swim team is a year-round activity making it possible for kids to work on their swimming skills continuously. So even in the winter, your child will still be able to jump in the pool and do something they enjoy.
3. Mental Workout
Swimming is more than just a physical workout; it’s also a mental training exercise. Learning proper swim technique engages the brain. Plus, there is plenty of mental math, lap counting, and keeping track of sets in a swim workout leading to a mental workout in the water.
The YMCA of Greater Whittier offers a friendly, family environment where we are committed to the safety of our students, parents, and visitors. Our Aquatics programs promote physical well-being, self-confidence, and security.
To learn more about any of our programs, including our Sharks swim team, contact us today.