Why Gymnastics is the best sport for your child?

Now that the sports academies are opening up slowly, most of the parents would be thinking and searching to admit their children into the right sports classes or academies. But the sports academies or the professional coaching is only for the children of 8 years and above. Then, what is the next best option available for the younger children? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged between 2-5 years should be playing sports like Gymnastics which develops their gross motor skills. And for older kids, depending on their interests, Gymnastics could be the best option.

Gymnastics is a sport and a physical activity too.

As they say, Gymnastics is the mother of all sports and it’s a comprehensive exercise program that teaches flexibility, balance, speed, and muscle coordination apart from others. Experts say that this is the hardest sport of all and requires a very agile mind and body to conquer this sport. When this sport is introduced to the children at a tender age, it will lay the foundation for their healthy lifestyle and future athletic career. Any sport requires strict discipline and a healthy body. It also helps in building excellent mind and body coordination, which is essential for any sport.

The beginner gymnastics would be teaching the child more about basic body stretches, balancing, jumping, and hopping. While the advanced skills teach more body coordination activities using various equipment in the gym under the trainer’s supervision.

 Why Gymnastics is the Best Sport for your Child by MommyShravmusings

Since the organized sports like cricket, football or badminton require teamwork and children below 6-8 years are not psychologically ready to play any team sport. So that’s one of the main reasons, why any sports teacher or pediatrician would be recommending Gymnastics as the best sport during the early years of your child.

7 facts about Gymnastics being the best sport for Kids.

1. Improves the Self Confidence:

Gymnastics teaches children to gain control over their bodies. The more they work on mastering their stretches, swings, and jumps the children would gain more confidence. Their newly gained self-confidence after completing different activities in the gym would get carried forward into their life outside the gymnastics center as well.

2. Overcomes the Fear Factor:

Children try out different equipment and different activities in gymnastics, and that will make them face their fears heads on. Like hanging on a high bar, doing a somersault, jumping high on the trampoline, etc will teach them to conquer their fears. Coaches always lay out the plans and help the children overcome their fears in a step-by-step manner.

3. Teaches the Discipline:

Any sport teaches discipline to children. To master various skills in gymnastics, the children have to exhibit high amounts of commitment, dedication, and hard work. Sometimes, these skills take months and even years to master. It’s been proven various times that gymnasts are highly disciplined when compared to other sports. The reason for this high discipline is that most of the events in gymnastics are always plagued with accidents. Unless the gymnast is highly disciplined, he will not be able to master those events without any accidents.

4. Improves Spatial Reasoning:

Gymnasts keep moving in all the different angles and plains, which improves their spatial awareness. Doing gymnastics regularly improves the connections that work on the logical and spatial reasoning in the brain. Children need a good foundation in spatial reasoning to understand and fair better in Geometry and solve the various mathematical equations. So that way, joining gymnastics would also improve the mathematical ability of the children.

5. Builds the Health and Strength

Children who start learning gymnastics at an early age, tend to love the movement of their bodies. Which in turn means, that they would be playing one sport or the other during their entire lifetime. Also, practicing basic gymnastics improves the body structure in the growing years, which gives the children good bone strength and solid muscle. So that way, this sport helps the children to eat healthily and stay fit.

6. Builds the Mental Resilience and toughness

The free fall from the high bars or trampoline, only to get up and do it again teaches the children that they need to pick up and start again. It’s tough to explain this concept to the children over the books and stories. But in gymnastics, this lesson is being taught without using many words. In any sport, making mistakes and falling down is common. But to get back into the game, the sportsperson has to make a tremendous effort. In Gymnastics, the simple act of swinging and falling from the high bar, only to get there again teaches the resilience required for any sportsperson.

7. Imbibes the Social Skills.

Attending the gymnastics classes would help in building social skills within the children. These gymnastic centers provide the children the opportunity to observe and mingle with the mixed age group children. So, they will be able to find a role model to emulate in their future. Listening to coaches, and talking/socializing with the other children in the class will make them respect others and understand the basic concepts of empathy and compassion.

Last but not, least Gymnastics is always fun for the children. All the children love to swing, climb, jump and hop. Regular participation in gymnastics would help in releasing endorphins – the happy chemicals, and it will help in improving the mood of the children.

My Personal Experience with Gymnastics:

The best part of gymnastics is that it will be played only indoors. So its weather independent and can be played at any point in time. Even during the pandemic, when all the sports academies have shut down, my child’s gymnastics center has decided to go digital and started conducting online gymnastics lessons. In fact, that move has helped my child to stay fit and healthy during the pandemic. Otherwise, it’s very difficult to keep the sporty kids at home in a fit and happy manner.

My child started with the basic stretches and other fitness routines in the online classes and then graduated towards conquering his fear of doing different events. His confidence levels have gone up after he had accomplished the handstand, started using the parallel bars and trampoline.

The practice and hard work required in gymnastics have given him exposure to the hard work that needs to be done to excel in any sports field. It also has improved his resilience levels. Now, Shrav has stopped reacting to failures and started trying again and again till he succeeds. What else would I require as a parent from my child?

So, this is my experience with Gymnastics as a sport as well as physical activity. This is what the research also says about this game, Gymnastics. In case, if you have tried gymnastics already, please let me know your comments.

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52 Comments

      1. My husband is a sports enthusiast and has been trying to get our 4-year-old interested in cricket, football, or badminton. So far, he has shown little inclination towards any sport.

      2. Even we tried those sports after my kid reached 3-4 years. But it was of no use and we were kind of a little worried too about it. But at the same time, around 4.5 years, we admitted him into gymnastics and his enthusiasm to attend the classes was just awesome. Only after we joined Shrav in Montessori school at 6 years of age, we got to know why he was behaving like that. By around 7 years of age, he started playing team sports like badminton and cricket and he was confused as to which is his original sport (in his words?). Now he has become a cricket fanatic and he breathes, eats, talks, and dreams about only cricket these days.

  1. I was always in awe of the graceful gymnasts i saw on tv. Your post sheds new light on the sport and in how many ways one could benefit from it. Very informative read,

    1. Very informative.. My daughter used to go to gymnastic Classes and used to enjoy it thoroughly but after lockdown when they started online classes I somehow didn’t find it very effective as gymnastic require space and cushioning otherwise it can be very dangerous.

      1. Yes, well said Swati. We did this online for 11 months and my entire schedule used to revolve around my child’s gymnastics classes. We stopped this month, as my child started experiencing online fatigue and not willing to handle any gadgets.

  2. I agree, children under 6 are not mentally and psychologically ready to play team sports. They don’t understand the concept of teamwork. My son’s preschool was offering soccer classes last year and I saw a few moms enrolling their kids. But I didn’t do it because of the same reason you mentioned.
    Gymnastics is a great physical activity. I enrolled my daughter into Gymnastics class when she was 4.5 years just to have some physical activity and we continued till she turned 6. Later she switched to Badminton and then to Cricket. Now she is completely into Cricket.

    1. Same case with my Son also Alpana. My Son also started learning gymnastics from 4.5 years old and now he is discontinued from this year. He is totally into Cricket now. Searching for some good academies at my place now for him.

  3. I agree, I think gymnastics is great for great overall development of a child. I think gymnastics alternating with basic yoga would also work. My son learnt yoga in Kindergarten and it improved his concentration and balance. I think Gymnastics works on the same principle

  4. Gymnastics is a great sport but it is not very accessible in India. It is also a very disciplined and taxing sport. Maybe as exercise it is great but professionally it actually takes away a kids life.

  5. Gymnastics really looks like a good sport for the kids. None of my family members has tried it ever but your post gave me a perspective would like my daughter to try it.

  6. Thanks for this post. I have never really thought about sending my child for gymnastics. thanks for sharing this… i will try to find options here locally

  7. Gymnastics is gradually gaining popularity in young kids. Your post and personal experience has piqued curiosity and now i would be exploring this as a option for my 5 year old.

  8. Gymnatics activity is a bliss if started at the right age. Rushing of enrolling kids at early can invite severe damage mentally and physically well being. You have perfectly mentioned the significant pointers to swing in the fun of gymnastics.

  9. Detailed post that I hope will clarify doubts for parents looking for sport options. I have a friend’s daughter who is a gymnast. She started when she was 6-7 years old and now she is doing very well. But it is no cakewalk. Requires a lot of dedication from both the child and the parent interms of their support.

  10. I have been badly wanting to put Ishaanvi to gymnastics, was just waiting for things to normalise a little. You post has inspired me to think about it now and see if she is interested. I agree with all the points mentioned by you and gymnastics do have have psychological benefits for a child’s development.

  11. This is really interesting and very informative. Unfortunately gymnastics is barely promoted in India. I didn’t know 6-8 year olds are not psychologically ready to play any team sport.

  12. Wow!! Very interesting to know that gymnastics is available for this age group too 🙂 undoubtedly the pros of learning a sport are umpteen!! The most motivating and inspiring part was when u shared ur experience of your child and how his willingness to keep trying till he succeeds is unmatchable ??

  13. Never looked at gymnastics from this perspective. Was not sure what was the right age for taking my kid for these activities but after reading your post will be considering enrolling him sooner.

  14. Exactly, very well explained. It develops sportsmanship and positive relationship in children as they cheer for their peers and learn about healthy competition. It also helps them hone their social skills by interacting with adults and other children who are at different levels of proficiency.

  15. Very informative post. I am a big fan of gymnastics. I completely agree that any kind of sports teaches discipline. But gymnastics is something that most kids just love compared to other sports.

  16. You post is indeed very informative. I didn’t know that smaller kids are not psychologically ready to play team sport. Gymnastics is a great way to instill discipline. But as with every other sport, a child must not be pushed into it.

  17. My son loves jumping around from here and there. He is around 7 years now. I would personally love to enroll him for gymnastics once the things are back to normal but somewhere I also want to wait and ask him if he is really interested in the sport. No doubt it helps in development of the child but I still want the choice to be his

    1. Totally agree with you. That’s the reason why I try to introduce my child to different activities. He would try for a couple of classes and lets me know whether he would like to continue or discontinue. Then I will let the decision be his. I won’t force him if he doesn’t like that activity.

  18. This has been a very informative read about gymnastics. We had enrolled my son when he was 3 years old for gymnastics, but unfortunately he didn’t enjoy it. So we had to pull him out of it. But then as you have mentioned, gymnastics is a great sport, teaches the child to be in discipline, sets a routine, flushes out negative energy and help restore mental balance too.

  19. This sounds very interesting and the benefits that you’ve listed definitely seem to be much needed for children. Would you mind sharing details about this online gymnastics class so that I could check this for my daughter as well

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