Forever Fit or Obese?

 In this age of cultural obesity, with optional P.E., and more stagnant entertainment than ever, it is increasingly up to the parents to instill a love for activity and exercise in their children. We can do this by joining our children in fun activities, enrolling...

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

Princeton University researchers have made very interesting and remarkable discoveries regarding exercise and the reduction of anxiety and stress. The studies were done with rats who exercised, and slothful rats. They found the neurons in the brains reacted...

Why Swim Year-Round?

 Water is a unique medium that offers opportunity for everyone: Newborns, toddlers, children, teens, adults and the elderly. Swimming is the only sport one can do from first breath to last. It is a skill that saves lives; infant, child and adult. When children are...

The Magic of Water for Babies and their Daddies

 We all know that babies need stimulation, but too much stimulation can be very harmful in several ways.  Babies easily suffer from sensory overload, including what they see, hear, and feel.  They react by crying.  Much of what we experience in our daily lives would...

Swimming and ADD/ADHD part three of four

 Of the 12 symptom areas of ADD/ADHD, swimming aids in: Saliency Determination – The barrage of sounds and background noises that so often distract the student are not present in water.  This sensory deprivation leads to better focus on the task at hand. Satisfaction...

Swimming and ADD/ADHD Part two of four

Of the 12 symptom areas of ADD/ADHD, swimming aids in: Focal Maintenance – The inability to concentrate long enough, or even too long, is dictated by the amount of time spent in the water.  With very few choices or distractions, concentration tends to last as long as...

ADD/ADHD and Swimming – Part one of three

 Debbie Phelps, mother of the world record holding Michael Phelps, has been very public about how much swimming helped her ADHD son.  As a 25-year licensed psychotherapist who specializes in ADD/ADHD, and a 30-year swim school owner, I feel qualified to clarify.  As I...

Keeping Up Swimentum – Our Responsibility

Most children participate in some form of swim lessons each summer.  With bodies of water everywhere, and drowning the leading cause of accidental death for children 5 and under, it’s pretty much a cultural tradition.  However, not all children learn to swim in a few...

Forever Fit or Obese

 In this age of cultural obesity, with optional P.E., and more stagnant entertainment than ever, it is increasingly up to the parents to instill a love for activity and exercise in their children.  We can do this by joining our children in fun activities, enrolling...

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

Princeton University researchers have made very interesting and remarkable discoveries regarding exercise and the reduction of anxiety and stress.  The studies were done with rats who exercised, and slothful rats.  They found the neurons in the brains reacted...