Gymnastics-A Surprise Hit

Gymnastics is a sport consisting of physical exercises that develop and display coordination, strength, flexibility, blance and control. Bars, beams and the floor are the commonly employed props in modern gymnastics.

The success of India gymnasts at the recent Commonwealth Game and Olympics has triggered interest in this sport in school students across the whole nation. Students are joining gymnastics classes in large numbers, if not is school, then in private gyms and other gymnastics facilities provided by the government. Thus, it has developed just as other popular sports like Cricket, Tennis or Badminton.

Gymnastics helps to improve the overall flexibility of the gymnasts body. It also provides other benefits like strong and healthy bones, increased cognitive functioning and increased coordination. It insits a sence of discipline in the athlete.

Gymnastics thus strives to maintain the health of the mind, body and soul. School should provide facilities so that the students who are interested in learning gymnastics do not have to go outside to learn it.

Gymnastics can be traced to exercise in acncian Greece in Sparta and Athens. That exercise for that time was documented by Philostratas work Gymnastics. Exercise in the gymnasium in later dates prepared men for war. The original term for the practices of gymnastics is from the related verb (gymnazo). Which transtates as to exercise naked because young men exercing trained without clothing. In ancient greece, physical fitness was a highly valued attribute in both men and women. It wasn't until after the Romans conquered Greece in 146BC that gymnastics became more formalized and used to train men in warfare. Based on Philostratus claim that gymnastics is a form of wishdom, comparable to philosophy, poetry, music, geometry and astronomy, Athens combined this more physical training with the education of the mind. At the palestra, a physical education training centre, the displine of educating the body and educating the mind.

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