Why swim in the winter months?

As a child with asthma, I was challenged to find a winter activity that did not cause me to reach for my inhaler. What I found was that the fun, splish-splashing of summer swimming done indoors in the warm, humid air actually improved my lung function and gave me a learning exercise class to look forward to. In fact, the deep breathing that occurs in swimming keeps the lungs clear of mucous which reduces the chance of respiratory problems. This type of deep breathing helps pump the cerebrospinal fluid through the body, assisting the body in oxygen maintenance to the brain and the blood.

And if you’re concerned with “wet head” causing more frequent colds or even the flu, don’t be. Sure, leaving the pool with wet hair isn’t conducive to the cold weather and if you comb out your wet hair it could break off like an icicle, but it will not cause a cold or flu symptom. Colds and flu are transmitted by casual contact with an infected person, not leaving the pool with wet hair.

Swim lessons are offered year-round here at The Clubs at Charles River Park. We teach private, semi-private, and small group lessons. What a better time to learn how to swim than in the cold drab winter months so you can showcase your newly acquired skills when the outdoor pool opens Memorial Day 2013!

Kelly Wright is the Aquatics Supervisor at The Clubs at Charles River Park with more than 15 years of competitive and instructional swimming experience. Along with teaching swim lessons, she also coaches Junior and Master swimming and trains lifeguards. Kelly is an Authorized Provider for the American Red Cross and is certified to teach AED/CPR and First Aid classes as well as Emergency Oxygen Administration, Bloodborne Pathogen Training, Basic Water Rescue, Guard Start, and Water Safety.

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