Gymnastics is the answer!!
Children in the U.S are heavier and less active than ever before! The "Let's Move" campaign (www.letsmove.gov) has estimated that children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of 7 hours per day using electronic devices such as television, computers, cell phones, or video games. The life long health issues associated with sedentary and obese individuals includes heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, and asthma. Parents, pediatricians and communities need to work together to provide regular physical activity for our children.
Gymnastics classes can begin at an early age. A parent/toddler class is an excellent place to start - your child can comfortably learn skills to improve balance and coordination with you right there beside him or her. Your child can enjoy being around other children of the same age, but still receive one-on-one attention when necessary.
During preschool years, the brain continue to grow rapidly. Gymnastics will improve their gross motor skills during this time. In addition, strength, flexibility, and independence will be developed. They will be able to participate cooperatively in a group with their peers and follow directions from a teacher or coach.
As children grow in the sport it will encourage hard work, discipline, and determination. Gymnasts learn to take challenges head on and overcome their fears. All these skills will be used to help your child be successful in other sports and their academics!
What are you waiting for? Give gymnastics a try! Get your child in the gym today!!
Lisa R Ford, MD