Gymnast doing knee scale on balance beam

Are you able to stand in a bus without holding on to a handle? If so, then you probably have a strong sense of balance, mastered through your ability to hold stationary positions!

Stationary positions and balance go hand in hand. Balance is attained when the centre of gravity is over the base of support.

Every time you move you use some sort of balance, from which all controlled movement begins. The ability to balance, whether while stationary (standing on the bus) or moving (running to catch the bus), is key to success in most sports and physical activities.

For kids, it is important to first learn to hold stationary positions, so that they can later transfer this skill over to movement skills. A strong sense of balance will help kids play in a playground without falling (as much), climb a tree, and race down a hill.

For adults and seniors, a strong sense of balance is important for activities of daily living, such as bathing & showering, dressing, housework, bending over to tie a shoe without falling, getting in and out of your car, and reaching for something in the top cupboard without falling over.

Many older adults are afraid of falling, and more than one-third of those aged 65 or older fall each year. Exercises that promote a sense of balance and physical control help prevent falls and injuries like hip fractures that can seriously limit mobility and the ability to stay active and independent. This all originates with learning how to balance and hold stationary positions.

With balance training, you can master what once seemed like impossible tasks—just like you did when you first removed the training wheels from your childhood bike or made it to the bottom of the bunny hill the first time without falling.

How does gymnastics help with stationary positions and balance??

All skills in gymnastics require certain stationary positions that are maintained by strength and active or passive flexibility. By mastering a position while you are stationary, it makes it much easier to do when in motion, and it works on strength.

At PLAY Gymnastics clubs throughout B.C,. they are teaching these very important positions. They begin on the floor before practicing on any apparatus.

Children learn the importance of body awareness as they work to maintain a tight body position. They also are taught the difference between an arched and hollow position. The hollow position is extremely important as it is used in most activities including landings and jumps.

With three main stationary position categories: stands (stretches, squats, straddle, pike, lunge), sits (tuck, straddle, pike, v-sit), and supports (squat, straddle, knee scale), children build strength and balance.

Enrolling your child in one of the many PLAY Gymnastics Club programs will help them develop a strong sense of balance through stationary positions that will help them lead a healthy life with fewer injuries and a greater enjoyment of many physical activities, including riding the bus!

Check out your local PLAY Gymnastics BC club for more details.

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