Generally, sports’ participation helps children become physically active and stay fit and healthy (Coakley, 2009). And so is the gymnastics. Risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases in adulthood can be highly reduced by exercising. For example, as of 2000, one out five children in US had overweight complications (Grant, 2012). Thus enrolling her in the local gymnastics club is not only an action taken to keep the daughter healthy but also a general way of teaching her how to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain her involvement in sports later in life.
Gymnastics aid children to experience better metabolic processes and also equip them with skills to better handle physical and psychological challenges. Particularly for committed children, gymnastics facilitates better inter-personal communication among them, skills on how to work in a team and how to better engage with adults. Besides, joining the gymnastics club is an opportunity for the daughter to learn about social values such listening; following directions, respecting others, taking turns and sometimes even keeping quiet (Grant, 2012).
The structure and nature of gymnastics is challenging; it requires commitment and attention. This is much fostered and emphasized in lesson plans that ensure participants develop these skills. Thus the structure of the gymnastics and the positive experiences accompanied by it thereafter, build confidence through achievement by teaching them commitment and discipline. Additionally, the code of conduct of gymnastics teaches children how to follow rules and safety measures in life (Grant,