Health Benefits of Gymnastics

A dental assistant in South Dakota, Brooke Kuecker continues her studies in health science while working full-time. During her high school years, she participated in gymnastics training, which she credits for her excellent posture and coordination. Physical fitness continues to be an important part of Brooke Kuecker’s daily routine.

Although gymnastics can provide numerous mental and emotional benefits from its training requirements, its physical benefits alone render it worthy of consideration for those seeking to improve their physical fitness. The American Heart Association recommends that adults engage in at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week, while children should undertake twice that. Gymnastics easily fits into the category of moderately intense exercise with its bar work, cartwheels, handstands, rolls, vaulting, and other activities.

Other advantages of participating in gymnastic activity include an increase in flexibility, as it requires a far greater range of motion than daily life activities or even than other exercise such as running or walking. This greater flexibility will help prevent injuries to the muscles and other important parts of the body structure.

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