Starting gymnastics as a toddler forms the foundation for useful skills that your child can use as they get older. The skills kids learn through gymnastics can then be applied to all areas of life.
Here are five reasons why gymnastics is good for your toddler:
1. Physical Health Benefits
Gymnastics is a weight-bearing activity which means that it promotes strong, healthy bones. At the same time, your toddler uses his or her body weight to develop overall strength while working on flexibility. The more flexible your child is at an early age, the more likely they are to carry this into their later years promoting good posture and reduced risk of injury.
2. Positive Attitude About Exercise
Enrolling young kids in activities they enjoy, like gymnastics, teaches them that physical activity can be fun. Kids start establishing a positive attitude about exercise from an early age, and it’s more likely that they’ll carry this good habit into adulthood.
3. Balance and Body Awareness
Gymnastics helps to develop body awareness; your toddler develops skills that help them understand where their body is in space. Kids also build foundational skills that promote coordination and balance.
4. Social Skills
The group environment of gymnastics classes encourages kids to interact with each other. Toddlers have a chance to learn what it means to treat others with kindness and respect, to be patient and wait their turn, and to share equipment with others.
Even as toddlers, kids can learn foundational gymnastics skills that they can build on as they gain experience. Practicing a skill and then feeling a sense of accomplishment when performing it creates a boost in self-confidence.
Once your toddler starts gymnastics, it is a sport that he or she can participate in as they get older. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in gymnastics at Kids First Gymnastics, contact us today.