You can be easily mesmerised by the sheer talent and athleticism that elite gymnasts show, but did you know that participating in this sport could provide YOU with health benefits too!
1) Flexibility: Flexibility is a core factor in gymnastics as it aids the movements during and in between skills of a routine. Increasing flexibility doesn’t happen overnight, as it’s very much a gradual process. While it may seem gruelling work, becoming more flexible has its benefits, such as providing you with a greater range of motion in your body.
2) Dynamic balance: The balance beam in gymnastics is devoted to this concept of balance, which is essential in real life. Everything you do requires balance as without it you would not even be able to do simple tasks such as walking, running or even sitting.
3) Coordination: Coordination is needed to perform most skills in gymnastics. Some skills require you to connect multiple elements together at once. Without coordination – it is very hard to do so. Additionally, being aware of coordination will also act as a preventative measure. You will be at less risk of injuring yourself and having the ability to naturally correct body alignment when walking, standing or jumping.
4) Disease prevention: as gymnastics is a sport that requires you to be able to bear your own weight, it helps you develop sturdier and denser bones from a young age. The strength gained from gymnastics overtime can reduce the chances of developing bone related problems such as osteoporosis later on in life.
5) Strength: Gymnastics is a great sport that builds up your upper body, lower body and core strength. Greater strength in one particular part of the body is not ideal as there is a chance you will rely on it more and potentially overuse it leading to problems in the future. However, in gymnastics you do equal amounts of strength for all parts of your body in order to develop lean, toned muscles and a better posture.