Fit Club: Swimming is fit and fun

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Childhood obesity rates in America are on the rise, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. It is recommended that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Why not spend those 60 minutes splashing in the pool?

Swimming pools are the best resource for getting your kids to exercise.

"I love swimming," said elementary school student Jeffshan John. "It's a chance to get together with friends."

Kids love to play in the water and probably won't even realize that they are getting at great workout at the same time.

"Water sports are a fun way to exercise," said Chatham County Aquatic Center Director Misty Selph. "Kids don't know they are exercising. A lot of kids they are jumping in and out of the pool.They are using lower body strength and upper body strength to exercise."

Swimming pools allow kids to get a great cardio workout while working all of their muscles at the same time. The water also keeps them from putting any strain on their bones and joints that they would experience during normal exercises.

"I know swimming is the most important exercise because you have the pressure of the water and you are trying to get through it," said John. "So, it's important to get swimming and get healthy."

At the Chatham County Aquatic Center, children can participate in swim lessons, water aerobics or just jump in, while under the supervision of trained lifeguards.

"It's great because we are in doors, we are out of the sun, focusing on things kids don't do," said Selph. "They do soccer or outdoor sports. Swimming is great for anyone. We encourage kids to have a good self esteem. They don't have to excel at it, they just have to enjoy it and have fun."

Even when children are simply playing games and having fun in the pool, they are exercising their muscles, raising their heart rates and gaining the other benefits of aerobic activity. So jump in with your kids and get splashing around with them.

The most important thing to remember is that children should never swim alone in a pool without adult supervision.

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