Swinging is fun.
Almost everyone enjoys swinging, no matter your age or ability.
When you’re a child, there is no greater feeling in the world than flying through the air on a swing. The breeze against your face and the thrill of being airborne are a cherished part of childhood. Swinging is more than just free entertainment — although that’s a huge benefit too! It’s also an excellent way for children and adults to get the exercise their bodies and their brains need.
No matter how you do it, swinging can help both your physical and mental health. But perhaps the most important aspect of going for a good swing, is that it is loads of fun, no matter your age. So, get swinging!
What kids — and many parents — don’t realize is that swinging has several physical benefits that can help them grow and develop.
One physical benefit of swinging is improved body awareness, Because swinging is a back-and-forth motion, your body is constantly adjusting its understanding of where it’s positioned, allowing your brain to process and practice understanding how to hold your body in position as gravity pushes and pulls it.
Swinging helps to develop coordination because swinging requires children to engage multiple muscle groups at once. They must engage their abdominal muscles to stay upright in the center of the swing, and they must use their legs to keep the swing moving. Their arms are also engaged as they hold onto the ropes or chains holding the swing to its frame.
Chances are, most of your swinging memories are positive. It is very difficult to be stressed or upset when swinging. Overall, it is a very simple and relaxing activity, with its rhythmic motion and soft fresh air.
Swinging can burn up to 200 calories an hour. The constant moving of your body as you “pump” to keep the swing in motion can give you quite a workout.