Balance and Agility
Gymnastics is an excellent way to help build your child’s balance and agility. Although children are far more flexible than adults, they still need training and stretching to maintain their balance and to build good coordination. Gymnastics is an excellent tool for teaching things like proprioception and overall agility. And the skills they learn early on will help their brains develop a better sense of the environment around them for a lifetime.
Self Control and Discipline
Gymnastics might be a physical sport, but there are a ton of mental strengths that they learn from practicing. It takes a lot of self control and discipline to be able to drown out what is going on around you and to focus solely on the task at hand. Learning to pay attention to only those things that you should is a skill that needs to be developed. And once they do, they will be able to focus better on tasks and excel at things like test taking, where you have to be able to put anxiety and fear aside and recognize what needs to be done.
Gymnastics isn’t just about waiting your turn to get onto an apparatus. We focus on things like overall cardiovascular health and encourage children to give it their all. They do a lot of running from one thing to the next, and during our warm up exercises, they get plenty of activity to get their heart rates up and to keep them there.
Core Strength and Muscle Building
Studies show that the lean muscle mass that you develop in younger years tends to shape your body into adulthood. We work on things like core strength and muscle building in very specific ways. And that work will continue to bring on a stronger body that has a high percentage of lean muscle, which will keep their metabolisms burning strong and healthy.
It takes a lot of confidence to get up in front of a crowd. Unlike other sports, gymnastics is really about the individual. Although you go to competitions as a team, each member has to pull their own weight and is on their own to compete against others. Being the center of attention while performing takes a high degree of self esteem and confidence. And even if they fall or make a mistake, they learn that it is a part of growing and get right back at it to try again.
For many, gymnastics is not something they just stumble upon or excel at without a whole lot of practice and commitment. It takes not just body strength, but mental strength to continue to get back up and try, try, again. If there was ever a sport that would push the limits of what we are capable and continue to ask for more, gymnastics is it. If they can push through and stay committed to gymnastics when it gets tough, there will be no stopping them at anything they put their minds to.
As we roll into 2021, you no doubt have made your own New Year’s Resolutions, this year resolve to get your kids active and ready for the spring weather by Googling “gymnastics classes for kids near me,” and choosing Tapio School of Dance.