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If you've been looking for fun and effective ways to boost your kid's vocabulary, then our fitness enthusiast Liezel van der Westhuizen, has some answers for you.

The fitness enthusiasts joins CapeTalk's Africa Melane to discuss how swimming can make a difference in your child's mental ability to retain new words.

While swimming may not necessarily lead your child to become the next Penny Heyns or Chad le Clos, it might help them become the next Steven King or Wilbur Smith.

Research published by the University of Delaware in 2021 found that swimming can boost kids’ vocabulary growth.

Children ages 6 to 12 were taught new words ahead of doing one of three activities: swimming, CrossFit exercises or completing a colouring sheet.

The study found that the kids who swam were 13% more accurate in recalling the new vocabulary.

According to the lead researcher, the results make complete sense because motor movement helps with encoding new words and exercise is known to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

Why does swimming lead against CrossFit exercises?

It has to do with the amount of energy that each exercise demands from the brain.

Swimming can be done automatically with out much thought while CrossFit requires more mental energy. Particularly in this study because the exercises were new to the kids.

Listen below as Liezel van der Westhuizen and Africa Melane discuss boosting kids vocabulary with swimming.

Catch Liezel van der Westhuizen on Kfm 94.5, weekdays from 5-6am!

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