A physically active child has a good health and has reduced risk of obesity and chronic disease as he/she grows older. Playing sports and being physically active doesn’t come naturally for many children. They may not find it easy, and may not see many activities as fun!
Albert Bandura, a renowned psychologist, states that individual’s self-efficacy can have an impact on everything from psychological states to behavior to motivation. Our sense of self-efficacy starts developing in Earlychildhood through dealing with a wide variety of experiences, tasks, and situations. Self-efficacy, in child’s term, can be defined as a child’s self-belief in their competence or chances of successfully accomplishing a task.
Athletic Development Program helps children build specific sports skill hence contributing to higher Self-Efficacy. For example, if children are confident in their ability to throw, catch and hit a ball, they are more willing to try cricket with their friends believing that they will succeed. If children can run fast, do a forward roll, and jump high they are more enthusiastic to try sprints, long jump or gymnastics.
Gymnastics classes, at Sportyze, are one of the most exciting social and physical activity class. A child can take part in it from 4 years onwards. Gymnastics helps in building the child’s confidence in their own capabilities, creates willingness to try new activities and learn new skills while having fun. Younger children are much more flexible, this makes performing stretches, somersaults, tumbling and acrobatics much easier and less demanding. Gymnastics has multiple benefits, a few of them are:
Fitness: Children who have taken part in gymnastics and practiced consistently for a number of years will have a massive physical fitness advantage over kids who are less active or who haven’t focused in the same way on exercises
Improved Focus: Children can be hyperactive and focusing on a task doesn’t always come easily for them. Gymnastics requires a lot of focus in order to succeed and not fall specially while doing bars or beam.
Overcoming fears and staying motivated: In a level wise skills framework, child works on building skills step by step. They are being able to overcome obstacles and fears. This can really open up a new sense of freedom and self-belief in your child’s social life, studies and eventually in their career.