Is It Too Late To Learn How To Swim?
Learning how to swim is a life-saving skill and everyone can learn how to swim. It doesn’t matter if you are young, middle aged, or even elderly. Not everyone is able to become a competitive swimmer but there are many health benefits to learning how to swim. Swimming accommodates all ages, life stages, abilities, and disabilities.
I hear from some of my swim parents that they wish they knew how to swim and I always tell them it is never too late to learn how to swim. Many tell me that they can’t learn how to swim, or they can’t put their face in water. Should you ever fall into a body of water then your face will go into the water. It is critical to learn and overcome that fear just like children do.
So, how do we teach the adults? The answer is simple, the same way we teach the children here - by first learning to put that face in the water, blowing bubbles with your nose. Adults will learn this faster than young children. Next, the adult learns how to float, kick, and eventually swim.
What other reasons are there for someone to learn how to swim regardless of age?
Going swimming with your children - like at a lake or pool. If you can’t swim, then you can’t save your child should he/she get into trouble. So, wouldn’t it be an excellent idea to learn how to swim? The answer is a simple yes - you be able to save your child or potentially provide aide to another child. Be careful when trying to save someone that is larger than you because that person could pull you under.
Swimming is a wonderful exercise choice for anyone who wishes to remain in great shape in later life. A short 30-minute session in the pool twice a week can work absolute wonders on all aspects of your health and well-being. A gradual loss of muscle mass is a natural process of aging, often compounded by a lack of exercise. The loss of muscle mass can make simple everyday tasks become difficult because it reduces an individual’s physical strength. Swimming is an excellent choice for working the muscles, providing exercise for the majority of muscle groups in the body at the same time. It is a great way to slow down muscle loss and remain in great shape. The density of water provides great resistance, putting your muscles to good use in the water whether you are swimming or simply moving around in it. Any form of exercise in water helps you to strengthen and develop your core muscles, significantly improving your balance and reducing the risk of fall.
Swimming reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease and helps your body to eliminate fatty deposits from your arteries. The support provided by water makes it possible to give your body a great workout without putting any pressure on the joints that would result in pain later.
Older adults who attend classes or swim with family and friends also benefit from the social aspect of this activity, enhancing the feel-good factor of swimming further.
Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to sign up for adult swim lessons and remember it is never too late to learn something new. There are so many benefits from swimming and it can be a lot of fun especially in a group setting. You may just make new friends for life as well!