5 Ways to Improve Rhythmic Gymnastics at Home
Just like school, there is homework that students can take home from each rhythmic gymnastics class to further improve their technique and skills. We aren’t talking about writing essays or doing math questions, but tasks that can be easily implemented into their daily routine!
By incorporating a few of these at home, it can help students progress in rhythmic gymnastics at a much faster pace! It doesn't have to take a lot of time either. In fact, they can all be done as your children watch television or do their school work. It will also teach them self-discipline and commitment!
Flexibility is a huge component of rhythmic gymnastics. It is recommended to stretch as much as you can to develop the flexibility to be successful in the sport!
Stretches your children can do:
- Butterfly stretch
Performing these stretches on a regular basis can keep their flexibility at an optimal level. Remember to warm up properly and slowly ease into each stretch!
Practice, Practice, Practice!
As they say, practice makes perfect! Encourage your children to practice their rhythmic gymnastics moves and routine at home! This will help with muscle memory and better prepare them for their classes.
If there’s enough space, have them run through their routine with you a few times. Practice whatever needs work until they can perfect it!
It is also an excellent opportunity for children to practice their turns and technique at home in front of a mirror. By practicing at home, watch themselves carefully and go at their own pace. It's even better if you're there to help them out! There's nothing like encouragement from the ones they love most.
Strength and Conditioning Exercises
Incorporating strength and conditioning exercises regularly will greatly help with their performance in rhythmic gymnastics. You want them to build strong legs, core, and upper body as it will allow them to perform better!
Building those legs will help to perfect those leaps and jumps. Having a strong core will help with pirouettes and hitting those poses.
Exercises they can do at home:
- Jump squats
- Calf raises
Other fun ways to encourage strength and conditioning exercises can include going to the park, running around the neighborhood, riding a bike, and more! It doesn’t have to be boring!
Just like the stretches, please remember to warm up properly and slowly ease into exercise! We don’t want any children injuring themselves!
Watch Rhythmic Gymnastic Videos
There are so many videos and resources out there! During your downtime, watch a few rhythmic gymnastic videos with your children to spark inspiration and motivation. Watching others excel in the sport can push children to continue striving!
Watching rhythmic gymnastic videos can also help children learn and create routines of their own! It’ll be fun for them to recreate some of the moves—of course, safely and under proper adult supervision!
Stay Healthy With A Balanced Diet
Children should be eating a well-balanced diet with nutrient-dense meals regardless of if they’re in rhythmic gymnastics or not! They need the proper nutrients to grow and develop into the wonderful adolescents they deserve to be!
Consuming a healthy diet also ensure that their bodies remain strong enough to perform all those jumps and turns! Their muscles have to be well fed in order to grow!
We recommend lots of fruits and vegetables with an adequate amount of lean protein. Don’t forget to drink lots of water!
Rhythmic gymnastics is more than just an activity, but it’s a lifestyle that continues to empower lives! If you enjoyed these tips, please share them with your friends and family. For more inspiration, follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
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