Benefits of Swimming

Swimming has many health benefits and it essential to learn, for many reasons. Obviously the main reason is safety. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one through 14. About 1,000 American children die every year from unintentional drowning. It is absolutely crucial that all kids know how to swim at a young age. There is water all around us, even if it’s as small as a bathtub. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is an essential life skill.

Not only is this a skill children should learn for safety, it is also Jewish law. Parents’ responsibilities to their children are outlined in the Talmud, Kiddushin 29a.  According to the text, parents are obligated to teach their children to swim, amongst other life skills.

There are numerous health benefits from swimming such as:
• Great for all ages
• A whole body workout
• Builds cardiovascular strength
• Lowers blood pressure
• Low impact, good for the joints
• Strengthens muscles
• Improves flexibility
• Reduces chronic pain, particularly from arthritis
• Improves muscle imbalances
• Great for people with disabilities
• Beneficial for recovering from injury or surgery
• Develops lung capacity and helps COPD and asthma
• Exercises nearly every muscle in the body, especially if you swim all four strokes
• Lowers cortisol
• Improves sleep
• Allows you to exercise when pregnant

TheJCC has many activities for all ages in the pool. Join us for an Aqua Fit, Aqua Yoga, Aqua Bootcamp or Masters Swim. We offer year-round lessons and swim team for youths as well.
Space is limited so sign up now by emailing aquatics@apjcc.org.

More information about the JCC pool: apjcc.org/aquatics