Importance of Physical Activity for Youth:
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education recommend that children aged 5 through 12 get at least 60 minutes of activity each day.
According to President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition:
- 28% of Americans age 6 and older are physically inactive
- Only one in three children are physically active every day
- Nearly one-third high school students play video or computer games for at least three hours a day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children – and more than quadrupled in adolescents – over the past 30 years, leaving more than one-third of the nation’s youth overweight or obese.
Education.com finds that sports participants learn to cooperate with their teammates, take instruction from coaches as well as the three P's patience, practice and persistence.
A-Z's: WHY SWIMMING, WITH PEAK?
Asthma/Breathing: Swimming help alleviate asthma symptoms, studies have shown that it can actually improve the overall condition of the lungs.
In a recent study, a group of children that completed a six-week swimming program saw improvements in symptom severity, snoring, mouth-breathing, and hospitalization and ER visits. These benefits lasted a year after the swimming program ended. People who don’t have asthma benefit too as swimming increases overall lung-volume and teaches good breathing techniques. 1
Balance: Many strokes emphasize balance, alignment, keeping a straight rotation while navigating the waters.
Confidence: As swimmers improve their techniques, skills, and comfort in the water, they become more confident not only in swimming, but in other areas, as well. Early evidence from an ongoing study out of Griffith University in Australia revealed that young swimmers are more confident than their non-swimming peers. This is also true for competitive and non-competitive adult swimmers.2
Disciplined: As swimmers improve their abilities, they become more disciplined in and out of the water. They are often more dedicated and committed to their activities and schoolwork, as they understand self-discipline, goal achievement, improvement, and rewards.
Endurance: Swimmers have great physical endurance because of their work on breathing and improved lung capacity, muscle development, distance and the water’s resistance. Being that we are at high altitude, our swimmers develop an advantage over the “low landers” around us ;-)
Flexibility: Swimming is a sport that naturally strengthens ones flexibility. Swimmers are constantly twisting, pushing, pulling, and reaching in every stroke. This naturally stretches muscles and improves flexibility. Additionally, our Montane group also practices yoga during dryland.
Goals: It is our goal that our swimmers have fun in the water, make friends, find themselves a larger part of a team, and set and achieve their individual goals, in and out of the water.
Health: Swimming is arguably the best sport for all-around health. It improves cardiovascular health, reduces atherosclerosis, strengthens muscles, improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, and is a low-impact sport often suggested to rehab joints and muscle injury. It promotes the natural release of endorphins, making swimming a great sport for improved mental health and decreased stress!
Intelligence: Research from Australia focused on kids in a swimming program compared to a control group of non-swimmers. The results showed that kids who regularly participated in swimming were able to master language development, fine motor skills, confidence, and physical development sooner than the control group.
Swimming may also help with math skills, as swimmers regularly calculate the yards swum in sets or interval drills to put their adding and subtraction skills to work.1
Joints: Many physicians suggest people with aching, injured, or developing joints to swim because it is low-impact and can rehab or build strength in the joints in the unique setting of water resistance and water support.
Kick the Aging: While all exercise can produce greater health and longevity, studies point to swimming as one of the best choices for doing so. Researchers at the University of South Carolina looked at 40,547 men, aged 20 to 90, for over 32 years. The results showed that those who swam had a 50 percent lower “death rate” than runners, walkers, or men who didn’t exercise.1
Life Long: The safety, confidence, and health benefits of swimming are life long, and swimming is a sport that knows no age limit!
Mental Health: Research shows that swimming can reverse damage to the brain from stress through a process called hippocampal neurogenesis.1 Swimming also releases natural endorphins, which improves mood. Unique to this sport is the sound you hear while swimming. The sound of the water, breathing, and internal heart beats are naturally calming and help children alleviate distractions and reduce effects of stress.
No Quitting: Swimmers can’t easily quit in the middle of a lap. They learn to be disciplined in finishing the drill, lap, or event. It’s a great way for children to build endurance, in many aspects of life.
Others: Being on a swim team promotes relationships and a sense of belonging. It’s a great way to make friends and learn about sportsmanship, which are values of Peak Swim Team.
Persevere: Competitive swimmers learn to persevere both in and out of the water. Training can be tough and schedules are tight, and swimmers persevere. The dictionary defines “to persevere” as remaining persistent to a purpose, or task, especially in the face of discouragement or obstacles. To avoid giving up.
Quality: Peak Swim Team focuses on the quality of practice, not quantity. We don’t swim laps just to get in so-many-miles. The coaches focus on technique and quality of swim first. Once children develop quality strokes and technique, speed and endurance naturally follows.
Reduce Inflammation: Swimming’s cardiovascular benefits of strengthening the heart muscle are common knowledge. Research also indicates that swimming may reduce inflammation that leads to atherosclerosis build-up in the heart. Reducing system-wide inflammation leads to lessened disease progression in many other areas.1
Sleep: Swimmers sleep well! Swimming expends a vast amount of energy, and the appetite and amount of sleep seem to increase exponentially. Sleep is important for growing kids, so it’s just one more benefit of swimming!
Team: While swimming is an individual sport, we are a team. We emphasize “filling each other’s emotional bucket” being supportive, encouraging, and positive. Our swimmers challenge one another to reach goals and build relationships.
Underwater Skills: Peak Swim Team emphasizes understanding the water, and how mastery of skills under water translate to successful skills out of the water.
Vitality:The dictionary defines vitality as being strong and active, having energy. Need I say more?
Weight: It is a well known fact that swimming is an awesome, full-body workout. It has resistance training and aerobic exercise all in one. Swimming is an optimal sport, whether trying to lose weight and get fit, or to maintain or improve one’s fitness and health.
eXpectations: Peak Swim Team and our families expect our swimmers to be solid role models, to have fun, to be team players, to be supportive and to be involved in our team and our community.
Year-round: Peak Swim Team is a year-round team, so whether you want to join in Sept. and swim through July, or swim with us for only short course or long course season, or need to take off a couple of months for a different sport, we are here to encourage that life-long love of swimming.
Zany: It’s been noted that swimmers are a bit zany :-) They can be monster and serious one minute or fun and a little quirky the next. We have loved to watch our swimmers grow and develop their fun, zany personalities!
Peak Swim Team’s goal is to encourage young people to love to swim. It’s a lifelong sport and a path to fitness, confidence, and strength. We have swimmers who love to swim and are not interested in competing, and swimmers who love to compete. Confidence grows while they learn values of respect, responsibility, and fun!