Gymnastics can be a fun activity for kids to get involved in. Not only does it get them moving, but it also is a great way to socialize with other kids outside of school.
Here are a few more of the practical benefits of gymnastics for kids:
1. More Physical Activity
Kids who participate in gymnastics are more likely to meet the physical activity recommendations set by the American Heart Association. The AHA suggests that kids over the age of two get in at least 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activity each day.
2. Build Strength
Gymnastics is a simple and effective way for kids to build strength. Gymnastics is a full-body sport, and kids use their own bodyweight to build strength throughout their body, including the core.
3. Strong Bones
The healthy and strong bones that we create as kids translate into strong bones as adults. Kids who participate in weight-bearing activities, such as gymnastics, are more likely to develop strong, healthy bones.
4. Greater Flexibility
Children who do not have a lot of flexibility shouldn’t assume that gymnastics isn’t for them. Rather, gymnastics can help improve a child’s flexibility. Greater flexibility translates into better and more efficient movement and a reduced risk for injury.
5. Better Coordination
Gymnastics is as much of a mental activity as it is a physical one. The coordination required to perform gymnastics helps kids develop this skill, as well as a sense of body control.
6. Improved Mental Skills
The mental skills that kids practice through gymnastics can apply to other areas of their lives. Skills like concentration and focus can help kids become better problem-solvers and decision-makers.
7. Improved Self-Discipline
Gymnastics leads to improved self-discipline. Even if kids are practicing in a group, each child is still responsible for their own actions. To improve, they must have the discipline and work ethic to commit to working hard. They learn to be patient for their effort to pay off.
Kids First Gymnastics in Cedar Rapids puts your kids first. Through a variety of gymnastics programs for various age and experience levels, we create happy, healthy, and responsible children. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.