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Enjoying Community Sports

About a year ago, I started working really hard to get my family more active. We started spending a lot of time going through and enjoying community activities, and it was really fun to see how much better our lives were. I could tell that all of us were losing weight, having more fun, and really living it up. I felt great, and I could tell that I was becoming a better parent because of things like community sports and recreation programs. This blog is all about getting out there, having a great time, and really enjoying your life with the help of physical activity.

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Beginner Gymnastics: How To Know If Your Child Is Ready

If your child is naturally active and energetic, you may think an active sport like gymnastics would be a good fit for your child. However, while being active can be a good sign your child will excel at gymnastics, there are several other things you should consider before you sign your child up for beginner gymnastics.

Your child shows interest

No matter how athletic your child is, if they express little or no interest in learning gymnastics, it will not likely be a good fit for them. There are many cases of frustrated children in gymnastics who are pressured into joining by overzealous parents who want their kids in the sport. You should always be understanding of a child's interest or lack of interest when it comes to finding a sport to participate in.

Your child is persistent

If your child is strong-willed, it can lead to challenges and discipline issues, but the trait can be helpful when learning gymnastics. If your child does not give up easily, they are more likely to have the drive to persevere when learning gymnastics. Learning the various moves in gymnastics takes persistence and strong willpower to be successful.

Your child likes to climb

Some children are natural-born climbers. If you feel like you spent most of your child's early years retrieving them from the top of a table or dresser top or rescuing them from a tree, it can be a sign your child will do well with gymnastics. Gymnastics requires flexibility and climbers are more likely to have good agility skills. 

Your child is coordinated

Good coordination may show up in many ways. For instance, if your child is good at catching things, they probably have good coordination. If your child is rarely clumsy and has good hand-eye coordination, gymnastics may be easier for them to learn.

Your child is competitive

All children enjoy winning but being competitive is a little different than just hoping to win. If your child plays games with the tenacity to come out on top and a drive to win, it may be a sign gymnastics will be a great fit. It is equally as important that your child be able to celebrate the wins of other competitors rather than getting angry or upset.

Gymnastics is a great sport for kids of all ages. Knowing if it is a good fit for your child will make the experience of learning gymnastics rewarding and beneficial. It is a sport that will grow with a child as they transition into the teen years and even into adulthood if desired.