Here in Canada, when the colder weather hits, some of us tend to go into hibernation mode. With shorter days and colder weather, it’s easy to default to snuggling up on the couch watching Netflix (or YouTube videos).
I know that’s true for my kids and I. That’s also why I wasn’t surprised to read this stat in the UMPC Health Beat.
“In the winter, it is estimated that children burn only half as many calories as they do in the summer. Not only does the lack of exercise have a negative effect on their physical well-being, it also allows kids to store up a lot of unused energy.”
In fact, getting outside, to the pool or otherwise keeping your kids active during the winter has been proven to improve their cognitive abilities, academic behaviour and overall attitude, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
That’s where winter swimming comes in.
Swimming all winter is fantastic exercise and it gives your family a reason to get out of the house.
Need a bit of coaxing to help you get your kids off the coach and into the pool, here are three reasons why winter swim lessons are the way to go:
1. Get exercise without freezing your tush!
If your family doesn’t feel like skating, skiing or just going outside in general because of the cold, then swim lessons are a great way to get them off their devices and into some exercise without standing around in the snow. With a little bit of planning and organization, they can go from car to pool, to lesson, to car, to their bed all the while staying toasty warm!
Winter swim lessons builds your child’s full body muscle tone, improves their cardiovascular health and burns off excess energy to promote a healthy appetite and better sleep. Oh, and it’s a great way to spend family-time outside the house.
It’s so easy to just hop in that pool, get your exercise and be done for the day!Getting outside, to the pool or otherwise keeping your kids active during the winter has been proven to improve their cognitive abilities, academic behaviour and overall attitude. Click To Tweet
2. They’re better for your schedule.
Our swim lessons are super popular in the fall and spring and it can be hard for us to co-ordinate or find an ideal lesson time for your kids. That’s why the winter really is the best time to have your child join a class. You will have so much more choice of your preferred time slot. A bonus to that is, if you decide to continue in the spring, your preferred spot is automatically yours!
3. Building your skill.
This is a hidden benefit that most people don’t think about. If you or your child has been working on swim skills and you think you have to stop because winter is here, think again! Winter is the perfect time to work steadily with your swim teacher on swim skills and strokes you find challenging. It allows you the time to make real progress, as improvement takes time and sustained effort. Before you know it, spring will be here and when your child hits the water for the first time, you will be amazed at the progress they’ve made!