Kids and acrobatics

AcroYoga pose called Hangle Dangle. Source: Earl McGehee

Acroyoga pose called Hangle Dangle. Source: Earl McGehee

I don’t have any kids of my own, but if I did, I would take their physical education as seriously as their intellectual development. After all, active kids are not only healthy kids, they generally tend to do better in school. This is why athletics are so important for kids and adults alike.

In order to get more kids interested in fitness, we should broaden what we consider to be athletics. The focus in schools is often on boring old calisthenics, team sports or track, and I think this is very limiting. I believe widening the scope of athletics to include acrobatics can help kids find the fitness activity that is right for them. It can also accommodate children who are not inclined to play team sports for whatever reason. If kids aren’t having fun with what they’re doing, they won’t stick to it. Many people don’t see acrobatics as athletic, but I do. How are the abilities of trapeze artists, tight-rope walkers, or jugglers not athletic?

What is probably the biggest stumbling block to wider acceptance of acrobatics as athletics is acrobatics close association with the circus. This association is unfortunate since the world of acrobatics offers so many fun ways to stay fit that can either be the mainstay of you or your child’s athletic routine, or a supplement to it. And before anyone mentions it, I am not recommending you or your kids take up acrobatic daredevilry.

Juggling is arguably the best gateway to this world, and it’s a safe(unless you juggle chainsaws), fun athletic activity in and of itself. It’s definitely a step forward that more schools are including juggling and acrobatics in their physical education programs. Acroyoga is another excellent way to practice acrobatics. Not surprisingly, juggling and/or acrobatics is linked with improved academic scores. The more options kids have when it comes to athletics, the better.

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3 responses to “Kids and acrobatics

  1. One year I had a girl in my high school gym class that hated team sports so much, she would curl up in a tight little ball and hide in a corner behind the bleachers as soon as she could sneak off after roll call. Maybe she would’ve liked walking a tight-rope πŸ™‚

    • Hi Katherine! Long time no see. That’s exactly what I mean. Acrobatics could very well appeal to children who aren’t into team sports and have to hide like this. Maybe she would have excelled at tight-rope walking or juggling. I never did well in sports either, so I can relate to the story you brought up very well. Take good care of yourself!

      • I know! I think I’m following too many blogs, I just realized I’m missing all my old favorites because there is just so much in my feed. Time to get back to basics πŸ™‚ Hope you’re doing well!

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