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The Hidden Benefits of Gymnastics

Some kinds or growth aren’t as obvious.

Every sport has its benefits. Being physically active is an important trait to teach our kids from a young age. Finding an outlet for children to release energy and challenge themselves through athletics is extremely beneficial. However, gymnastics does so much more than promote physical fitness. Here are several non-physical ways gymnastics benefits and enriches our children’s lives:

  1. They Learn To Work Hard – Regardless of age or skill level, gymnastics is hard work. Learning new skills, practicing those skills, failing, getting up and trying again, time after time – when they finally land that perfect skill, they learn firsthand that hard work pays off.
  2. They Learn Discipline – They show up to practice every week. They listen to their coach. They follow directions. They want to run around like wild animals and jump on the trampolines and do crazy flips and tricks, but they don’t, because they are disciplined. This is a wonderful attribute that I’m sure parents and teachers greatly appreciate!
  3. They Learn To Be Brave – Most kids are terrified when they show up to their first gymnastics lesson. They can’t walk on the beam or do a cartwheel. Sometimes, they won’t even talk to the teacher or go out on the floor. Then, all of a sudden, they start getting brave. They gain confidence. They know, “I got this!”
  4. They Learn Patience – Progress isn’t always made immediately. Sometimes it can take weeks to wrap your head around a new skill, and it can seem like they’ll never learn. But, they learn to be patient and keep trying, and eventually their patience pays off and they have that breakthrough moment.
  5. They Learn That Exercise Is Fun – Listening to a group of kids in a gymnastics class, you wouldn’t think that they even realize they’re working out. Many adults view physical activity as a chore or burden, but gymnastics kids just see it as a good time!

It’s safe to say that children learn as many, if not more, mental lessons in gymnastics as they do physical ones. Just watch your little one, and you will be able to see how much they have grown through the sport.

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