Encouraging a child to exercise and eat correctly at a young age will set your child up to form healthy habits that will last him or her a lifetime. Gymnastics is a sport that is started at an early age and has many health and fitness benefits that will have your child feeling good, confident, looking good. In addition to that, he will have a strong body. The gymnast also uses many fitness components to execute various moves on the floor and apparatus as he or she develops the technique, skill, precision and grace. This is a sport that demands dedication and a large amount of self discipline while still keeping the fun aspect.
Fitness Components Of Gymnastics
Participating in a sport that includes most of the fitness components adds benefits to your overall health and gymnastics has most of these components. According to some experts,
Gymnastics training can be demanding on competitive athletes, but it does build a healthy body.
When looking at the fitness components of gymnastics, muscular strength tops the list. Without muscular strength the gymnast will not be able to execute almost all the moves used in gymnastics. Shoulders, arms and legs need to have incredible strength to be able to push, jump and balance through tumbling, acrobatics, power and dance routines that make up a gymnastic workout. Strong core muscles make it possible to maintain balance and fluidity of moves during these routines.
Next comes muscular endurance and this applies strongly for the men of this sport. Competition routines have numerous repetitive moves requiring prolonged engagement of the muscles. Muscles need to be able to cope with this and need to be able to maintain this sustained work level throughout long competitions. Men in particular use moves that require straight arm strength, bent arm strength as well as tremendous shoulder strength which enables them to move fluidly during the execution of strength moves in any given routine.
Because so many muscles come into play for a gymnast, cardiovascular endurance is key. If the right amount of oxygen is not taken in and delivered to the muscles as needed, training efforts will be for naught. Fitness is of prime necessity as many exercises require sudden bursts of energy for prolonged periods of time. The most obvious of the fitness components needed by the gymnast is flexibility,
Throughout your gymnastic training your flexibility will be one of the main aspects that is worked on. To be a good gymnast it is very important that you have good flexibility and strength to support you throughout your moves.
The more you practice, the more flexible you will become.
Other Benefits Of Gymnastics
Some gymnastic routines are quite intricate and require the learning of a large range of movements. These movements will challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally the more you learn and the further you go with the sport. Children learn to listen to their instructors in this sport as well. If they do not listen to the correct way the movements need to be executed, they could end up doing it wrong and injuring themselves.
Gymnastics, although competitive, fosters incredible social interaction among the participants. Feeling like you belong is a great booster for any child and lasting friendships are built while team building and encouragement of each other are in progress. Skills that are learned while participating in gymnastics automatically filter out to other areas of your child’s life. Skills such as self discipline, listening and concentration can be used when participating in school activities and other sports as well. Life skills, fitness and overall health, what more could you want?