The first obvious benefit of having your child involved in gymnastics is the physical aspect. In a time were most kids are more interested in playing video games and watching TV, resulting in obesity being on the rise, it is especially important to involve your child in physical activity. Starting young will initiate a desire to be active and that can stay with them their whole life. Specifically, gymnastics provides one of the most comprehensive, lifestyle exercise programs, incorporating flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, speed, power and discipline.
Studies have shown that there is a real correlation between physically active children and academic achievement. When children practice intense body movements, this opens up the neural pathways in the brain, promoting healthy brain function. This can increase their concentration and focus in school and at home, leading to higher chances of success.
Social and Emotional Benefits
Increased activity results in a rise in Endorphins released to the body; this leads to a happier, more joyful person. Being in a team environment also encourages building trusting relationships not just with their teammates but with their coaches. Since gymnastics also has the individual aspect, gymnasts have the opportunity to develop a supportive atmosphere as they watch each other perform. This environment teaches them to take directions and constructive criticism, receive feedback and overcome anxiety of performing in front of others.
The structure of gymnastic classes promotes the practice of discipline, perseverance, courage and self-determination. Your child may find themselves accomplishing things they never thought was possible and this will lead to more confidence in their everyday lives. They will also learn structure, how to respect both their coaches and peers, and how to positively encourage their teammates. Being involved in gymnastics will also fill their time, leaving them less time to get involved with the wrong crowd or make poor choices.
If you’re considering involving your children in gymnastics, take a look at the classes Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies has to offer. We provide a wide variety of classes ranging from Preschool to serious gymnasts seeking to compete at the national level. Our goal is to provide a safe and encouraging environment for your children to learn and to perform. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are more than happy to spend the time with you to make sure this is the best choice for your child.