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The Benefits of Gymnastics

So many individuals are now becoming part of the Gymnastics community – Why is that? The Gym Spot looks at the benefits of the sport and how it can benefit you.

1. It helps build strength and overall fitness

Gymnastics is proven to build strength, muscle and tone the body. This is due to the fact that at times you are using your personal strength to hold your body weight up on parallel bars, beams and using your strength to tumble and pivot.

2. Helps with bone health

Bone health is impacted in a positive way when participating in gymnastics on a regular basis. The sport not only helps individuals stay in shape, but also prevents bone brittleness. Women in particular experience a loss of bone mass as they get older, so participating in gymnastics from a young age can help preserve bone density.

3. Increased flexibility = reduced risk of injury

Constantly stretching and increasing flexibility levels not only helps with recovery time after exercising, it also helps reduce injury. Gymnastics is a very high-risk sport that allows for the individual to be quite flexible and strong in order to perform various routines and flexibility is one of the key components necessary to perform gymnastics.

4. As well as becoming the best version of yourself physically, you also grow mentally

Exercising helps the body as well as the mind. Overtime, gymnasts will develop a lot of self-discipline as the sport is not an easy endeavour. It takes time, patience and a whole lot of practice to perfect particular manoeuvres and routines. These skills will build a lot of diligence and motivation to upskill the more you practice. Plus, using the time to practice and build on these skills will send ‘feel-good’ endorphins to the brain, helping with motivation and mental health.

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