From Bars to Books: How Gymnastics Can Help Your Child Succeed in School
As a parent, you want your child to have the best possible experience throughout their academic journey. Did you know that gymnastics can actually help them perform better in school? Not only is it a fun and engaging physical activity, but it can also benefit their cognitive function, coordination, mental health, confidence, and more.
As we head into a brand new term, now is the perfect time for your kids to start a new physical activity to help them get their brains back into gear for school!
Gymnastics is a super fun activity where you’ll be able to watch your child thrive and see them progress in ways you’ve never seen before.
Here are some of our favourite reasons why gymnastics may help them at school…
Improve their concentration and memory function
Research shows that exercise can have a positive impact on the brain and its cognitive abilities. In fact, according to Harvard Medical School, people who exercise regularly tend to have larger brain volumes in the parts that control thinking and memory. By engaging in gymnastics, your child can improve their concentration and memory function, making it easier for them to retain information and focus during their classes.
A report by Sport England showed that children who are physically active are more likely to have higher academic achievements and better behaviour and attitudes towards school.
Give them a physical and mental lift
Gymnastics is a great fitness activity for your kids to get involved in because it involves movement of the whole body and can help your little one develop strength and skills that they can take into their everyday lives. As well as a wide range of physical benefits, gymnastics classes help to develop key skills such as hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and balance, which are useful for preventing injury and improving overall health.
Worried about the impact of screen time on your child’s physical activity? Check out our exclusive blog here- https://www.bethtweddlegymnastics.co.uk/news-all-the-impact-of-technology-and-screen-time-on-childrens-physical-activity-levels
Boost their mood and prevent mental health issues
The benefits of gymnastics on the brain extend beyond concentration and memory – exercise boosts overall mood and can prevent future mental health problems. A lack of oxygen being circulated to the brain has been found to contribute to problems such as stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, regular exercise can improve sleep patterns, which plays a vital role in mental health.
Without stress and anxiety clouding their thoughts, and with exercise offering a regular boost in mood and improved sleep, your child can expect to feel more energised, have improved mental clarity and feel more relaxed in their lessons at school.
Increase their confidence
Gymnastics classes are a great way to boost your child's self-confidence. Through positive relationships with peers and coaches, they can develop their communication and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, tracking their progress in gymnastics and seeing improvements can help them build a sense of pride and achievement. This newfound confidence can translate into their schoolwork, as they tackle new challenges with a positive attitude.
You only have to see the smile on their face after they’ve completed a skill for the first time and their newfound motivation to take on new challenges!
Classes also offer a community, giving young gymnasts a sense of pride and belonging (and often life-long friendships). With our events, competitions, holiday camps and more throughout the year, we offer an exciting social hub that brings the children, their grown-ups, and their coaches together!
According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), gymnastics can positively impact children's cognitive abilities, including memory and attention, which can lead to improved academic performance.
The bottom line
In a nutshell, gymnastics is a fantastic activity that can help your child shine both in and out of the classroom. Not only does it offer an array of physical benefits, such as improved coordination and overall health, but it also has the potential to contribute to academic success by enhancing concentration, memory, and mood.
Moreover, Beth Tweddle Gymnastics classes provide your child with a supportive and uplifting community of like-minded individuals, fostering their confidence and sense of belonging that can help them build life-long friendships and a belief in themselves that will last a lifetime!
So, why not give your child the gift of gymnastics and watch them soar to new heights both in and outside the classroom?