Benefits of Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a sport recognized across the globe, and when you watch these high level athletes it’s easy to be amazed at their abilities. The strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, grace, and balance can easily aww a crowd. But the benefits of this sport are not just for the elite, they can help everyone in their day to day life.

Disease prevention:

The healthy life style of a gymnast from daily physical activity to a well-balanced nutritional diet helps keep the body healthy and helps to prevent ailments such as cancer, asthma, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Flexibility:

A key component of a gymnast, and can help prevent injury. By increasing flexibility you lower the risk of moving a limb to an unsafe range, and give yourself more body control. By learning a routine of new movements you can increase flexibility.

Self-esteem:

Studies have shown that children who partake in group activities such as gymnastics have higher self-esteem and self-efficiency, as well as learn interpersonal skills.

Healthy bones:

As we age we lose bone mass on an annual basis. Weight bearing activities such as gymnastics can help counter the effects of aging especially if it’s started at a young age. Building strong healthy bones early on can help decrease the chance of getting osteoporosis later on in life.

Discipline:

Gymnastics just like many other sports and activities are great teachers of discipline. Gymnasts need to be able to take what a coach says and put it to practice, as well as needing to stay on task while a coach is working with another athlete. Discipline instilled at an early age can be very beneficial as you get older and move on to other aspects of life.

Cognitive function:

Not only does gymnastics increase physical activity and strength, but it can also increase mental strength too. Learning focus and concentration is a very important skill to learn. Gymnastics offers children a chance to learn to solve problems, use their imaginations, and think for themselves.

Coordination:

Gymnasts can better align themselves when running jumping and even falling. Making it safer and easier on the body. Gymnasts have less of a chance of injuring themselves if they were to slip on ice than someone who is not involved in gymnastics. One of the first things learned in gymnastics is how to fall safely.

Strength development:

Using mainly body weight exercises to increase upper body, lower body and core strength these athletes are among the elite when it comes to fitness level, and are considered to be pound for pound the strongest group of athletes.

Social Skills:

From a young age gymnastics teaches how to act and interact with peers. Waiting in line and waiting you turn can be a valuable lesson for some. But it goes beyond that. Kids learn to interact with each other, and to take direction from someone. Learn to listen when someone is talking, and to think independently. As you get older gymnastics teaches how to be a role model and set a good example.