Our top tips for taking your child swimming
Swimming is one of the best workouts for you – it keeps your heart rate up, but the water takes the impact off your body, building up your muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness and helping maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs. And while it’s a great workout for you, it’s also a great activity for the kids.
Whether it be playing in the local leisure centre pool or at the waterpark, swimming is not only great entertainment for the kids but also a life-saving skill for them to learn.
Here we share our tips for taking the kids to the pool:
1. Go prepared
Children are unpredictable, go prepared. Go to the pool with your swimming costumes under your clothes, for you and them. This will save time and hassle when you’re there but don’t forget to pack your underwear – we’ve all been there!
If you’re planning on visiting an outdoor pool, make sure you suncream up before going and take suncream to reapply every 1-2 hours – and make sure you take a drink, swimming is an exercise after all.
2. Plan according to the weather
Bare the weather in mind. Swimming is an all weather sport but it may be worth checking the weather before you go. Choose an indoor pool if that weather’s glum or stay outdoors if the weathers nice.
3. Avoid large meals
Don’t eat for at least an hour before swimming. There is the age old rumour that eating a big meal before swimming causes the blood flow to be directed away from your limbs to your digestive system which could lead to drowning however, it’s more likely that you will get stomach cramps and or feel sick… We sugguest waiting that hour!
4. Take that 3 in 1 Swim
We’ve created the perfect post swim product, for hassle free hair-to-toe cleaning; our 3 in 1 Swim. It will leave their hair clean and shiny and a top to toe smell of delicious strawberry and organic mint.
5. Swimming lessons
Swimming is an exellent sport for health benefits and a great life saving skill to learn. For those little ones that aren’t the most confident of swimmers we sugguest looking into swimming lessons, to make sure they find going swimming as much of a treat as you do!
You don’t need to just go swimming at the pool, how about planning a trip to the beach? We’re heading down to Cornwall this summer to Polzeath beach with our Sun Cream truck where we will be selling our suncare from. Doing our bit to help protect the UK coast from sunburn this summer. Come and say hi to our Founder, Joanna Jenson, if you’re nearby!
To make sure you are always prepared this summer shop Childs Farm sun, swim and travel.