Swimming pools aren't just for swimming! Because any and all movements done while immersed in water are accomplished against the resistance of the fluid, activity in water not only builds strength and endurance, but also, over time, will increase flexibility and contribute to cardio-respiratory efficiency. Gaining and maintaining physical fitness can make a big contribution to overall health and wellness, as well as facilitate optimum growth and development during the critical childhood years. Your child doesn't need to know how to swim to participate in and enjoy aquatic fitness activities. For children who do not particularly enjoy physical activity, water can entice and stimulate participation in even the most reluctant. Individuals exercising in water do not feel overheated or sweaty. Fun activities engage the mind in positive thoughts. This reduces focus on how hard something is and creates an "I CAN do this" outlook that is so important to self-esteem. Here are some fun activities for the pool.