Benefits of Gymnastics for Children

Benefits of Gymnastics for Children

Gymnastics is a sport from ancient Greece that is popular in countries all over the world. Current gymnastics movements and exercise routines include many different forms and disciplines with and without gym equipment.

Gymnastics routines require continued practice and learning to be performed correctly. Because of this, children learn this sport when they are young. Children who become proficient in gymnastic routines acquire physical strength, balance, flexibility, agility, grace, coordination, and endurance.

To successfully learn and perfect their gymnastic routines, young gymnasts run, jump, vault, tumble, flip, and balance their bodies. They practice on a padded gymnasium floor as well as on beams, bars, rings, inclines, and pommel horses.

Here are some of the benefits that gymnastic programs can provide young children who learn them early in life and continue them as they grow up.


Gymnastics Employs Different Programs

Gymnastics is a highly versatile sport that trains young athletes' bodies in many different ways. Three types of gymnastics programs are popular today. Each of these programs emphasizes different physical characteristics and techniques.

Artistic Gymnastics

This is the most popular form of gymnastics today. Artistic gymnasts use gymnastic equipment such as the uneven bars, balance beams, pommel horses, stationary rings, parallel bars, and high bars.

They distinguish their routines with creative movements and unique personal expressions not duplicated by other athletes. 

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics routines combine elements of ballet and dance. During performances, gymnasts use balls, hoops, ribbons, ropes, and clubs. Rhythmic gymnasts can use this equipment individually or together with other gymnasts.

Aerobic Gymnastics

This form of gymnastics emphasizes aerobic strength and balance. It is performed by individuals, pairs, trios, and groups of up to six gymnasts.

Aerobic gymnastics is performed on a gym floor without the use of gym equipment or gear.


Gymnastics Builds Strong Bodies

To perform gymnastic exercises correctly, young gymnasts are taught to use the weight and strength of their own bodies to build up their upper bodies, lower bodies, and cores. The more young gymnasts use their muscles, the stronger they become.


Gymnastics Instills Discipline

Children practice for months and years to learn proper gymnastic movements and routines. This extensive practice teaches them discipline that they can use in other aspects of their lives, such as other sports and academic goals.


Gymnastics Develops Social Skills

Children who learn gymnastics often perform their routines with other gymnasts on their team. These team presentations help children to learn social skills.

These social skills are acquired as gymnasts watch their team members perform, wait their turn to perform, and learn different movements from each other.


Gymnastics Increases Self-Esteem

As young gymnasts perfect their performance routines and become a valuable part of their team, they build confidence and self-esteem. This benefit allows gymnasts to be familiar with success and know how to succeed in other aspects of their lives.


Gymnastics Maintains Physical Health

Gymnastic activities and routines increase blood flow, strengthen bones and muscles, and increase energy levels. Gymnastics activities also improve sleep habits and encourage healthy eating habits.

All of these benefits prepare young gymnasts to continue to be healthy as they grow and age.


Gymnastics Increases Cognitive Function

When young gymnasts become competent and physically master their athletic skills, they also stimulate their brain functions and memory. Gymnasts can then design gymnastic routines that showcase their particular skills. This can help a gymnast become a valuable part of their gymnastics team.

To enhance and expand the sports and physical activities your children learn in school, enroll them in gymnastics classes at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. Our YMCA staff members will teach your children a sport that will benefit their body, mind, and spirit for many years.