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  • Rick Mc 11:01 am on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    5 Benefits of Gymnastics for Your Child 

    Guest post by Alex from Amelia.com:

    Historically, children who participate in gymnastics classes or activities have benefitted physically, mentally and emotionally. Regardless of their age or initial comfort with group-based sessions, young gymnasts build valuable social skills while also fostering the habits they need to live active, healthy lives.

    Gymnasts who perform at the highest level and win world championships or Olympic medals are awe-inspiring physical specimens who wow with their flexibility, strength, balance and coordination. Even if your child doesn’t aspire of practice gymnastics at that high a level, those foundational physical qualities can positively impact their lives away from the practice facility and, over time, even help them academically.

    With the average child spending seven hours a day looking at screens, the importance of putting youngsters in a program that makes physical fitness and interpersonal communication a priority is crucial for their continued development. As they inch closer to their teenage years, prioritizing physical activity and social interactions with other kids their age will put them in a great position to blossom into strong, capable young adults.

    Let’s take a closer at the biggest gymnastics’ benefits for kids, starting with:

    Lasting Health Benefits

    As of 2016, the childhood obesity rate in the United States is the highest it’s ever been. With 18.4% of 6-to-11-year-olds and 20.6% of 12-to-19-year-olds suffering from obesity, helping our kids adopt a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever before. Thankfully, gymnastics can put youngsters on the path to physical fitness but also promotes a positive learning environment for them.

    Besides lowering obesity rates in all children who participate in classes or activities, the cardiovascular nature of gymnastics-based exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Those who partake in recreational activities like gymnastics also tend to make healthier dieting choices as teens and adults, which lessens the possibility of becoming overweight later in life.

    The bottom line is that regular participation in any physical activity is important; that said, gymnastics offers a comforting environment that, in most cases, shies away from the uber-competitive and pressurized environments commonly associated with team-based youth sports. The emphasis should be on fun and learning, not take-no-prisoners competition, especially at a young age.

    Strong Social Benefits

    Gymnastics doesn’t just benefit children from a physical standpoint – it can improve their mental and emotional wellbeing too.

    By participating in classes or sessions with other children in their age range, young athletes can also develop the intangible skills they need to deal with challenges and adversity in everyday life. This happens through communication with both their peers and coaches, as well as pushing themselves to get to that next level when pursuing an overall goal.

    Studies have shown that kids who are active have less trouble falling asleep and get better quality sleep on a regular basis. The benefits of an improved sleep schedule are widespread, ensuring that children are more alert during the day and have a more enriched experience both in and outside of the classroom.

    Finally, gymnastics can fortify necessary social skills such as listening, following directions, waiting your turn and respecting others around you, both other athletes and coaches and/or a club’s administrative staff. Those capabilities will undoubtedly lead to any number of positive developments for children of all ages.

    Commitment and Discipline

    Gymnastics requires lots of concentration and commitment to achieving a goal. Even if your child is partaking in recreational gymnastics, the process of building their skills in the gym demands focus, discipline and perseverance. While that might sound like heavy stuff, that process will benefit them greatly in the long run.

    Those positive gymnastics experiences will also help active children build confidence and blossom into focused, determined, responsible young adults. Whether it’s at school or at home, kids will exhibit marked improvements in their daily lives, ones that may even rub off on some of their non-gymnastics peers and friends.

    Motor Skills, Balance and Coordination

    I hinted at this earlier, but gymnastics helps build and solidify a range of important physical traits in youngsters – ones that become increasingly important as they get older and pursue other, more demanding recreation activities or exercise options.

    From motor skills to coordination, gymnastics is a fantastic option for parents if they’re looking for their child to acquire a strong base level of physical fitness. In addition to those skills, kids strengthen their balance and sense of body awareness through gymnastics. That emphasis on overall body control can positively influence things like weight control, reduced feelings of stress or anxiety and more.

    Improved Strength

    Finally, we have maybe the most admired physical benefit that gymnastics brings to anyone who practices the sport, regardless of age or athletic ability – increased strength.

    Gymnastics is known as being a recreation activity that helps participants develop an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, especially when you combine that with other aforementioned aspects like balance and coordination.Not only does this help counteract weight struggles in children but it also emphasizes overall muscular strength, flexibility, endurance and power.

    Beyond that, other positive side effects can include better posture and a toned, lean look. This can be more of a priority for adults than children but, in the grand scheme of things, the more exercise any youngster is exposed to, the more likely they are to hit and stay in peak physical condition for most of their lives.

     

    In Conclusion

    The best gift you can give your child is the tools they need to pursue and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Strong habits built in youth can translate to a lifetime of enjoyment when it comes to physical activity. They can also encourage kids to partake in social activities that stay away from screens and the constant bombardment of apps, games and other digital distractions.

    At the end of the day, all of us just want our children to be happy and healthy and gymnastics, as a recreation option for kids who aren’t interested or ready to dip their toes into more competitive fare, can be a perfect way for them to enjoy an active lifestyle that values exercise and its positive impacts on physical, mental and emotional well-being.

     

    Alex G. is VP of Marketing and Customer Success at Amilia, a company offering an all-in-one gymnastics registration software solution for gym schools and cheer clubs. His daytime passions include marketing and technology while his after-work passions include good wine and martial arts. With his black belt in judo, Alex applies his focus to growth with as much discipline as he does to armlocks and chokes on the mats.

     

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  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on April 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Rebound Therapy benefits 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

    ReboundTherapy.org

    Thanks Tumbl Trak.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on May 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    GYMNOVA inflatable equipment 

    I love inflatable equipment. Fun. Safe. Soft.

    Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

    Inflatables are ideal in situations where equipment needs to be moved and/or stored. If you have a permanent Gym, regular mats are much more durable, however.

     
  • Rick Mc 12:24 pm on February 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Fitness Games and Activities 

    by site editor Rick McCharles

    Inspired by the work of Gymnastics coach educator Keith Russell from Canada, we videotaped over 170 of the best games and activities for kids.

    Most require no special equipment. The GOAL is to improve MOTOR and PHYSICAL FITNESS using your own body weight … while having FUN. 🙂

    Tumbl Trak sponsored the videos. You can find them on the Tumbl Trak YouTube channel.

    The first 22 – ORGANIZING kids – were just published. Click PLAY or watch those on YouTube.

    MORE will be coming over the coming months.

    Enjoy.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnova inflatable gymnastics equipment 

    More Air Mats for fun and fitness in a safe environment.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Air Mat – Special Needs Gymnastics 

    Soft but durable.

    The Power Launch has seen a lot of action in therapy clinics and schools that work with children who have sensory needs. Wait till you see the innovative uses we’ve come up with!!

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    More videos like this on Tumbl Trak the Grow Through Movement playlist.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Fitness Wheel – Special Needs Gymnastics 

    Soft. Safe. Round.

    The unique inflatable Fitness Wheel is ideal for those with special needs. And ALL CHILDREN are special. It’s great for everyone.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

     
  • Rick Mc 7:04 am on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Gymnastics in China 

    Former Chinese team member Liang Cheng now coaches at Capital City Gymnastics in Edmonton, Canada.

    He and Jeff Thomson, former Men’s Programme Director for Gymnastics Canada, now CEO of Inspire Sports, want to bring Recreational Gymnastics to China.

    In China, kindergarten-age children who show potential and the right physical characteristics are normally selected to begin training at a state-run gymnastics school, but there is little recourse for those who aren’t selected for the intense training regimen but still want to do gymnastics. Cheng’s idea, based on what he learned in Canada, was to build a recreational gymnastics facility where children and adults alike could learn gymnastics skills for fun and fitness. …

    In 2011, Cheng and Thomson opened Inspire Sports, a non-competitive 15,000.00 square foot gymnastics facility in the Jiangsu Province, outside of Shanghai. It was the first Gymnastics for All facility in China …

    … gymnastics classes are combined with something else that would be beneficial to China’s youth: English language immersion. Inspire Sports instructors include Canadians, Americans and Australians …

    The Inspire gymnastics project has been so successful that Cheng and Thomson plan to open another to another 25 to 30 similar gyms in China within the next five years. …

    Growing Gymnastics for All in China, one gym at a time

    Here’s a video from the first Gym opening in 2011. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    related – Growing Gymnastics for All in China, one gym at a time

     
  • Rick Mc 8:03 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    backward hip circle training 

    Here’s a nifty product. 🙂

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Beth Tweddle on children’s fitness 

    Starting out at the age of seven, Beth went on to become an Olympic Bronze Medalist, triple World Champion, six-time European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and seven-times consecutive National Champion, cementing her place as Britain’s greatest ever-female gymnast.

    Although memories of Beth taking the Bronze in the Uneven Bars at London 2012 – the culmination of an incredible career – will not be forgotten anytime soon, sharing a fierce passion for gymnastics with future generations has become her new focus.

    So how can parents encourage their kids to exercise?

    By making it fun for the child and getting involved themselves. If they feel involved and interested, I think they are more likely to encourage their children to keep going with it or try something new. …

    What’s more important for kids starting out in sport, fun or desire?

    I think it has to be fun! Without the fun element they are less likely to continue

    Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle on getting kids active and ‘her’ sport

    Click through to learn more about this fitness watch called the LeapBand.

    Beth LeapBand

    related – National Team member Dan Keatings is visiting U.K. schools to promote fitness, sport and healthy living.

    (via FIG)

     
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