Friday, December 28, 2012

How gymnastics classes help New Year’s resolutions stick

Every year, much of the population sets New Year’s resolutions, some of which they stick to and many to which they don’t. For some, it comes down to willpower and for others it’s lack of discipline. Here’s an interesting thought—did you ever consider how gymnastics classes could help you stick to your resolutions?

We’re not just talking about staying true to a resolution of taking more gymnastics classes or having perfect attendance at them—though those are good resolutions too. It’s more about how spending time at a center or school for gymnastics can give you the tools you need to improve your chances of sticking to those goals for changing your life. Here are a few ways that gymnastics can help you.

Discipline. Practicing regularly at a school for gymnastics will help you develop the discipline that is essential to having success not only in the sport, but in other areas of life. It will help you to stick to the resolution to start something new or end an old habit.

Positivity. Regular practice and participation in performances and competitions helps you develop the confidence and attitude necessary to adhere to your resolutions. The progressive element of gymnastics helps build self-esteem as students move on to more advanced levels, which instills the “can do” attitude needed to stay on track with the promises made at the New Year.   

Skills. One of the amazing benefits of gymnastics is that significantly improves performance in other sports and physical activities. Flexibility, power and strength are all developed from the first class taken. The flexibility helps prevent injuries in other sports, while the power and strength garnered can boost speed and agility, helping you to hit a golf ball harder, run faster when catching a football, or navigate through intense defense when heading down the basketball court. In addition, gymnasts learn components that are essential to teamwork, such as cooperation, sportsmanship and consideration. Whether it’s with golf, Pilates classes, volleyball or participating in a mud run, gymnastics will boost overall performance.

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