The USA Swimming (USAS) age group swimming program is America’s largest program of guided fitness activity for children. Age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health by teaching healthy fitness habits. Swimming isn't just for swimmers! Swimming is an incredible cross-training tool for basketball players, soccer players, runners, etc.
We are water. Get in touch with the inner you!
- 71% of the Earth is water
- About 60% of the human body is water
- the brain and heart are composed of 73% water
- the lungs are about 83% water
- The skin contains 64% water
- muscles and kidneys are 79%
- the bones are watery: 31%
Exercise Benefits of Swimming:
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Builds upper-body strength (shoulders and back especially)
- Improves aerobic capacity and endurance strength
- Trains & tones every major muscle group in the body
- Strengthens joints without the damage of impact
- Increases neuromuscular connection and control of the whole body (enhances muscle function and fluidity of movement)
- Increases heart output (increases size of left ventricle)
- Improves anaerobic capacity and sprint speed
- The resistance of water is relative (increases with increasing body size and strength) and thus great for all ages and experience levels
- Burns more calories than an equal time spent running, walking, or doing yoga
- Builds flexibility and mobility essential for muscular performance and health
Unknown Benefits of Swimming at a Young Age:
- Boosts your mood
- Decreases feelings of depression, anxiety and stress (Ensari et al. 2012)
- Improves psychological well-being in dementia patients (Neville et al. 2014)
- This may be a coincidence, but swimmers are notorious for good grades in high school and college compared to other sports.
- Improves sleep patterns and well-being (Reid et al. 2010)
- Improves understanding of basic math and physics (constant component of swimming)
- Incredible cross-training for other sports
- Experience more in the world (triathlons, travel, snorkeling, surfing, diving, etc.)
- Can become a career (pool manager, pool lifeguard, swim lessons instructor, beach lifeguard, personal trainer, military professions (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard), etc.
- Swimmers exhibit mental toughness that is second to no other sport!
Swimming Prepares you for Life!
One of the great values of swimming as a sport is that it prepares your for life. The total swimming experience is made up of people, attitudes, beliefs, work habits, fitness, health, winning and losing, and much more. Swimmers learn to deal with pressure and stress, success and failure, teamwork and discipline. Yet, swimming is a self-achievement activity. As a sport, swimming is one of the few sports that is both team and individual.
Swimmers learn how to handle frustration and disappointment, swimmers gain self-confidence and self-worth. They learn dedication and commitment. Through perseverance, swimmers learn to overcome adversity. All of these experiences tend to develop individuals who are better able to handle life’s hardships and face adversity. They learn to set realistic goals for themselves which they will achieve through hard work.
Adults can learn to swim Too!
Check out Triton Swimming & Triathlon Team for more info!