Rise & Shine, It’s Swimming Time: How Morning Lessons Benefit Kids

Getting out of bed in the morning can be a bit of a challenge, even for adults! So when it comes to motivating our kids to rise and shine, the struggle is just as real. While it can be tempting to hit snooze and let cranky risers sleep in, there's a bright side to waking up early and getting your family’s morning moving (literally)!

Just like eating a good breakfast and brushing their teeth, establishing a morning routine that incorporates some form of physical exercise helps kids develop healthy habits with lifelong benefits.

Continue reading to learn how you can help your kids create healthy habits that will last a lifetime, while having fun, exercising and learning life skills - all before lunch!


Instructor shows student how to hold kickboard in the water

In a time where routines have been disrupted, and we’re all trying to find ways to keep our children on track, building life skills and making memories in a safe and healthy environment, morning swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School are the perfect way to help your kids make big waves, all day long!

Here are just a few of the reasons why Dr. Molly, the official pediatrician of Goldfish Swim School, says activities like swimming are a healthy way for kids to start their day.

Increase energy

It may sound counterintuitive that exercising can actually increase energy, but moving in the morning is a great way to get your blood pumping and oxygen flowing for a heart-healthy and energetic start to the day.

Improve focus

Did you know encouraging kids to move, stretch and exercise in the morning can also help them feel more alert and focused throughout the day? It’s true! Jumpstarting your day with a little bit of cardio in the morning can actually improve your ability to concentrate throughout the day. That’s because the extra boost of energy that comes from increased blood flow and oxygen throughout your body also makes you feel more alert and focused—which in turn makes learning more memorable, practical and effective!

Boost moods

When kids are active, they tend to be happier and healthier. That’s because physical exercise releases endorphins that leave you with a happy feeling afterwards. Taking swim lessons at Goldfish gives kids even more reasons to be happy! Every detail of our award-winning program was designed with kids in mind, so they build up a love for the water and are excited to come back every week.

Get better sleep

If bedtime is a battle, making movement part of your kids’ morning routine can also have a positive impact on your family’s nighttime routine. Exercising earlier in the day will help them fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly, meaning they’ll get the rest they need to feel refreshed and ready to take on the next day. Giving your kids something to look forward to the next morning, like swimming with friends, can make it easier to convince them to go to sleep. Now that’s what we call a win-win!


Instructor holds student in the water

The benefits don’t stop there! In addition to the health advantages that come with getting a jump on your day, taking swim lessons in the morning also builds character and teaches kids the importance of being disciplined, dedicated and committed. And, if your child has BIG dreams of competitive sports, getting them used to early morning routines can help prepare them for what’s to come, since many sports train early - especially swimming!


Instructor smiles at a student in the water using barbells

Swim your way into a Golden Day and get your family's morning moving at Goldfish! With convenient scheduling options, and some schools offering increased morning lesson availability, your kiddo will have a better chance of learning with their favorite instructor and swim buddies. Contact your nearest Goldfish to learn more about their morning lesson availability!

And, don’t forget about our Goldfish At Home videos - a great way to make a splash in your family’s routine and get your kids moving in between lessons!

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