We thought we'd share this blog post from Leisure Pools (our manufacturer of Fiberglass Swimming Pools):
We all know that exercise is great for the mind, but pool owners have something to rejoice about! Studies show that swimming is also great for the mind and can even make you smarter!
A study by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research in Australia found that young children who participate in early swimming achieve a wide range of skills earlier than the normal population. These skills included language development, fine motor skills, confidence, physical development, and even math skills. The Griffith study states that the skills developed by being involved in swimming helped children be prepared for the transition to pre-school or grade school.
Athletic swimmers often use basic math skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to calculate their distance swam, laps, strokes, fly kicks, and more. Swimming also takes a lot of concentration on breathing and coordination.
There is no specific time to get involved in swimming. It is a sport and recreational activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Some places offer classes for infants all the way up to senior citizens. Just because swimming can help children develop skills does not mean that it has no benefit for other ages. Senior citizens can benefit from swimming in both physical and mental capacities. Physical movement and exercise are beneficial at any age. However, swimming can also help develop mental health in seniors. It is known to relieve stress and improve mood levels.
Any physical activity or sport is bound to have the same types of benefits, but if you have a pool in your backyard, why not try swimming more often to sharpen your mind?
Source: Leisure Pools - http://www.leisurepoolsusa.com/pool-ideas/swimming-can-make-you-smarter