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The benefits of Parkour and Physical Activity

For young people especially Parkour is an attractive discipline as there is no right or wrong way to carry out a move. They are free to use their imagination and be as creative as they wish about the way in which they challenge themselves. It is also considered by peers as a cool activity which requires a lot of skill.

People in their late teens and beyond tend to look at Parkour in more of a practical way. The key reason for starting is to have fun, but they are also attracted to it because they are aware of the wider benefits. More often than not they want to have fun, lose weight, keep fit and get stronger.

Key facts

  • Parkour is a form of physical activity therefore assists in combating cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancers.
  • Physical activity in combination with a healthy balanced diet has a direct relationship with helping to prevent obesity or persons being overweight.
  • The effect of physical activity on psychological wellbeing has been researched to show a positive relationship.
  • An increase in self-confidence and overall wellbeing can have a positive impact on learning.
  • Parkour is proven to have a direct impact on reducing antisocial behaviour.
  • A Parkour Training Facility is a positive use of an existing space and can enhance any existing facilities whether it is a play or fitness area.
  • Parkour encourages community building, social inclusion, breaking down cultural barriers and gender stereotyping.