Benefits of Preschool Gymnastics
Do you have an active baby who loves to run, jump, and tumble all around the house?
Gymnastics classes for babies are the perfect way to use of all that energy for something fun and exciting. We here at LA School of Gymnastics offer Parent and Me Classes starting at 18 months and Mini Tots classes beginning at 3 years of age. Our coaches have a long history of working with pre-school aged children and we have seen so many active babies channel all of their energy into gymnastics.
Are you wondering what the long term benefits of putting your baby in gymnastics are? Well, according to KidSaversNetwork.com, here are 10 amazing benefits your toddler will get from gymnastics:
Preschool Gymnastics Develops Cognitive Skills – Learning and completing a gymnastic routine requires the use of the mind as well as the body. The left brain and right brain have to work in concert, so your toddler’s body awareness and spatial awareness will improve. This really helps them become aware of the world around them and adapt better to it.
It Develops Strong and Healthy Bones – Gymnastics is a weight-bearing activity which can develop strong and healthy bones. As we age, we experience a loss of bone density over the years. By building strong and healthy bones earlier, we can reduce the signs of osteoporosis later in life. Furthermore, it helps to prevent broken bones as your child grows older and becomes more active. A great bonus when on the playground and playing sports!
Preschool Gymnastics Aids in Strength Development – Along with the development of strong and healthy bones, your toddler will build up their total body strength as well. By performing the body strengthening exercises that gymnastics requires, your child will build up their upper body, lower body, and overall core strength.
It Increases Coordination – Your toddler’s coordination will greatly improve. They will learn alignment skills that include standing, walking and jumping which will improve their coordination. This will make your child appear less clumsy and they will learn alignment skills that include standing, walking and jumping through a variety of fun exercises. Your child will be more agile for other future sports.
Improved Flexibility – Gymnastics is all about flexibility. When you increase your flexibility, you decrease your chances of injury. Being super-flexible as a child will often carry forward with them later into life. This can help support proper body posture as they age, which will deter back and spine problems as they get older.
It Helps them Meet Their Daily Exercise Needs – The American Heart Association says that it is important for a child to get at least 1 hour of physical activity every day. Participation in a gymnastics class will ensure that your child gets his or her exercise on class days. Furthermore, they will want to practice their gymnastic skills on off-days, so they can still meet their daily exercise needs then as well!
It Prevents Diseases – Sports like gymnastics aid in disease prevention by promoting and maintaining a strong and healthy body. This is the key to preventing diseases later in life such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer ─ among others. By teaching your toddler healthy behaviors early in life, they will more likely keep these habits later in life.
Gymnastics Helps To Create Discipline – Gymnastic classes will help provide discipline and self-control for your toddler. Learning discipline and self-control are both valuable skills to take with you into life. When a child learns discipline and self-control at an early age, they learn to work with others, work by themselves, to stay on task and to accomplish tasks. Toddlers who learn these skills will use them in school, the workplace and in almost every social setting they will ever find themselves in.
Early Gymnastics Classes Increase Self-Esteem – Gymnastics is a sport of self-control and mastering self-control ultimately leads to improved self-esteem. Learning and successfully completing a gymnastics routine creates the sense of accomplishment, which in turn supports self-esteem. Your child will learn from an early age that hard work and practice pays off – key life skills! It is also a sport of showing off your skills in front of a live audience. Starting early before a child has had a chance to develop “stage fright” can help later in life with performing in front of people.
It’s Fun – Your toddler will really enjoy being part of a gymnastics class. They will improve their social skills by interacting with their class and coaches. And they will get some great exercise at the same time! Finding activities that are fun, hold our toddler’s attention and are healthy is a difficult task! Fortunately, a good gymnastic program can provide all this and more. And, just think… you never know ─ you might just have an Olympic athlete on your hands!