As soon as the snowflakes fall, swimming becomes the last activity on your mind. Especially when many of us grew up with our parents (or grandparents) telling us that going outside with a wet head would cause a cold. We’re here to bust that age-old myth!
Winter Myth Buster: Does Wet Hair Cause a Cold?
With Spring Break around the corner, and summer only 6 months away, swimming in the winter is one of the most important decisions you can make to be water-ready for vacations and the changing of the seasons. However, we all have that voice in the back of our heads that still makes us worry if going outside with a wet head will make us catch a cold.
According to the Mayo Clinic, viruses are the cause of colds, not going outside with a wet head. Plus, according to the CDC, there’s no evidence that viruses (including the virus that causes COVID-19) can spread in chlorine. Which gives you even more reason to keep swimming, and make progress towards your spring and summer goals! If you are a family that takes a spring vacation, you’ll want your child in swim lessons now so they are water ready before you’re on the beach or at the pool.
Outside of not catching a cold, here are some other benefits to swimming in the winter.
Maintain A Healthy Weight Is a Health Benefit Of Swimming
All those hours spent indoors during the winter can lead to your child gaining an unhealthy amount of weight. That’s concerning because according to the CDC, 18.5% of children are obese. And being overweight puts your child at risk for things like heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
Swimming all year round helps children stay fit and keeps their heart and lungs healthy and strong. Researchers have also found that swimming helps keep blood sugar in check. And since swimming burns a lot of calories, it also helps your child maintain a healthy weight.
Support Children With Injuries And Disabilities
Some children are unable to participate in high-impact sports. Swimming, however, is recognized as being helpful to those with injuries and disabilities because the water provides both resistance and support.
Children who are not able to stay active in other ways are often able to participate in swimming, and participating all year long means they have a way to stay as healthy and active as possible without causing damage to their bodies.
Have you ever noticed how tired you feel after swimming? Your children feel the same way! The entire time they’re in the pool, their muscles are working. After using up so much energy, they’ll be ready for a nice, long rest.
Nearly 50% of children don’t get enough sleep, and that can lead to some serious health problems. Children are exposed to a lot of germs at school, and without enough sleep, they’re less likely to be able to fight off infections.
A lack of sleep is also linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and mental health problems. Swimming all year round helps your children to stay active and feel sleepier at bedtime so they won’t try to stay awake all night long.
Fight The Winter Blues
As the days get shorter and nights get longer, many people begin to feel depressed. That’s no different for children. A significant number of children suffer from mental health disorders, and those often worsen in the winter.
Swimming all year round will help your child’s endorphins stay elevated, which boosts their mood. They’ll also have social interaction with peers, and swimming increases confidence, too.
Swimming is a great exercise for the mind and body. You can help your children stay physically and mentally healthy by enrolling them in swim lessons all year long. Ready to sign up? Get started with a Complimentary Swim Lesson.