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Health Benefits of Practicing Gymnastics

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  Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

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Gymnastics is a sport which people think is only for increasing or enhancing the flexibility but the stretching involved helps in promoting the body and mind development. Well, yes! There is so much more to gymnastics than just flexibility. It teaches you to twist the body and strengthen the bones and makes the muscles relax. A regular gymnastics training session starts with body stretches, moves, and learning the perfect coordination skills. Gymnastics is a sport that we often watch on television, performances that we are amazed by due to the sheer confidence, flexibility, and style the gymnasts possess.

Top 8 Benefits of Gymnastics

1) Gymnastics Prevents Several Diseases

Regular gymnastics practice keeps one away from infectious diseases and several other health ailments like obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Daily physical activity also improves the condition of the teen's heart, lungs, muscles, and bones.

Gymnastics encourages a healthy lifestyle, keeps you fit, thus preventing the development of many health conditions from asthma to heart diseases and diabetes. A 30-minute session of gymnastics helps meet exercise requirements for a healthy heart.

2) Gymnastics Teaches Work Ethics And Discipline

Gymnastic training teaches you discipline, timings, empathy, self-esteem, and so much more which you can use to improve your work ethics.

3) Gymnastics Strengthens the Bones

Gymnastics makes the bones strong and healthy. Studies have suggested that some of the weight-bearing exercises (including gymnastics) enhance the bone density in teenagers. Stronger bones help in decreasing the risk of developing osteoporosis in the future.

4) Gymnastics Enhances Flexibility Of Your Body

Gymnastics increases flexibility and improves your range of motion which in turn reduces the risk of injuries as you have more body control.

5) Gymnastics Increases Mental Awareness

Not only does it improve physical fitness, but it also raises mental awareness, concentration and focus too. Gymnastics not only promotes healthy physical attributes in your teen but also enhances her concentration and mental focus. It improves the problem-solving skills in young adults and stimulates the imagination to fight any adverse situation in life.

6) Gymnastics Improves Coordination

The skill required in gymnastics enhances coordination and body awareness. It helps in proper alignment of the body while jumping, standing or walking.

7) Gymnastics Incorporates Self-control and Discipline

Gymnastics incorporates a sense of Self-control and Discipline. It makes you more disciplined and obedient and helps you to stay focused on the daily regime while the trainer instructs the other students.

8) Gymnastics Improves Social Skills

Gymnastics teaches you independence and the proper way to respect others. While practising, you learn how to stand in a line, talk to other politely and listen to others patiently, which also teaches you positive social skills.

How to get started with Gymnastics?

If you are interested in gymnastics, then you can start like this:

  • Wear protective gears
  • Start as gymnastics games
  • Practice only after meal So that during heavy training, fatigue and dizziness is out of the question.
  • Start with the basics first.
  • Use gymnastic mats
  • Make a schedule and stick to it
  • Learn the rules.
  • Stretch before and after the training.
  • Stay hydrated at all times.
  • Consume a balanced meal.
  • Don't strain yourself physically.

Gymnastics for Kids

Though every game and activity benefit kids for a healthy lifestyle. And, Gymnastics is one of the most comprehensive lifestyle activity programs, that helps kids to increase their activity and develop socially and physically.

How much is too much in gymnastics?

The amount of time you dedicate to gymnastics depends on what you are training for. If you are a creative artistic gymnast then an hour a day twice a week is enough whereas if you are Olympic level rhythmic gymnasts then 8 hours a day, about 48 hours a week is normal. 

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