The Canadian Sport for Life recognizes that gymnastics is a foundation sport and contributes significantly to overall fitness and physical literacy. It uses muscle groups and body orientation that are uncommon to many other activities.

The most useful aspect of the sport of gymnastics is the principle that you teach a student to control their own body in a variety of situations while utilizing the fundamental movement patterns of gymnastics: locomotions, springs, swings, statics, rotations and landings. The sport of gymnastics helps each person develop total control of his or her body.