Snowman handstandUse gymnastics to build the best snowman

Did you ever think that the skills learned in gymnastics can help build a bigger, better snowman??

It’s true! Gymnastics provides the fundamental movement skills needed to live a healthy, active life and enjoy all your favourite winter activities!

Snowmen are more fun than couch potatoes!

Studies show that during the winter months, physical activity levels drop considerably. According to Stephen Parker from Health Guidance, “exercise patterns are highly seasonal. Activity in the winter and autumn months falls to half of the summer high”. (1)  Why? probably because it is cold, wet and snowy outside and the motivation to get out and be active drops.

However, this does not decrease the importance of staying active even in the winter. According to the Community Health Services Department in Sarnia, Ontario, “being active in the winter actually boosts the immune system and makes it easier to fight colds and the flu. Being active helps combat depression, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)”. (2)

Below is a list of fun winter activities you can enjoy with your friends and family.

  • Have a snowball fight
  • Build a snowman or snow-fort
  • Go sledding or tubing
  • Make snow angels
  • Collect pine cones
  • Go skiing or snowboarding
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Go ice skating
  • Put up your Christmas lights

How does gymnastics help get you outside in the winter and make you more willing to engage in these activities?

Gymnastics provides the core skills of agility, balance and coordination needed to feel confident on the mountains, participating in your favourite snow sport, or even just getting outside and going for a long winter walk. Plus strength and balance help make the best snowman!

The benefits and effects from introductory, recreational level gymnastics classes continue into into adulthood. With a firm foundation and mastery of the core skills adults feel more confident trying something new, and going outside and being active even during the cold winter months.

Parker adds that, “physical fitness has been shown to be significantly related to the ability to do physical activities such as household chores, work, sports and dance in an effective and safe manner”.(3)

Another advantage of gymnastics is that it teaches kids to safely fall and reduce the chance of injury. In gymnastics classes children learn to “fall and roll to spread the forces of impact over a large area and time. Learning to fall helps the gymnast avoid injury”. (4)

This skill transfers over later in life when as an adult, we feel confident enough to climb that ladder to put up our Christmas lights or dig out the skates or strap on the skiis.

PLAY Gymnastics BC programs

PLAY Gymnastics BC clubs provide you and your family with qualified instructors and a safe space to learn the fundamental movement skills that will keep everyone active and healthy throughout life!

Now all you need is to find the carrot for the snowman’s nose!

References

Why gymnastics?: http://www.gymmichiana.com/whygymnastics.PDF Wm A. Sands, Ph.D. (Motor Behavior Research Laboratory, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah)
Winter Physical Activity Toolkit: http://www.lambtonhealth.on.ca/cmsfiles/toolkit_winter_2013-final.pdf Community Health Service Department, Sarnia, ON
Physical Fitness and Exercise: The Facts: http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/6299/1/Physical-Fitness-and-Exercise-The-Facts.html Steven Parker (Health Guidance)

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