Cycling is an all-around great sport and hobby that everyone can enjoy. Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or out in the outback, there will be no shortage of bike trails and paths. It's a low-impact activity and riding a bike boasts some great health benefits, both physical and mental health. What's even better is you're able to share the activity with your family. Riding a bike is truly an activity for everyone, so buy your kids a bike and make it a regular part of your family's routine.
We've put together a list of the benefits of family biking, which include:
Forming long-lasting connections is an important part of growing up for yourself and your children. When you create a strong bond with your children, it is more likely that an open and honest relationship is created. Your children will be comfortable sharing their joys and problems as they grow up. By taking part in activities together like bike riding, you create an environment that enables family bonding.
Having an active and healthy lifestyle is essential for growing kids with the Australian Government suggesting kids between 5-17 years should have at least 1 hour of physical activity each day. With backyards getting smaller, and on-screen time increasing it can sometimes be hard to get the kids out of the house enjoying some physical activity. Family biking provides a simple solution to that. By taking a short bike ride each day or on the weekends, your whole family can benefit from a healthy lifestyle
As previously mentioned in the last point, kids are stuck on their digital devices more than ever! Young children between the ages of 2-5 should have no more than 1 hour of screen time, whilst kids aged between 5-17 should be limited to no more than 2 hours per day. In today's digital age, some might think it's impossible to limit screen time but encouraging kids to get out of the house and do physical activities like bike riding can help with this.
Getting out in the sun is a great way to soak in some of that vitamin D. When your family goes on bike rides you'll inherit the benefits of absorbing a healthy amount of vitamin D, including:
Just remember only 10-20min a few times a week is needed to get all the benefits needed. This means taking a break from your family bike ride to apply some sunscreen.
Family biking isn't just a fun physical activity but it can be a mode of transportation for your family. If you live near local shops or want to go to a nearby park, why not take the kids and go for a bike ride. This way you can save on fuel and money for short-distance traveling.
There you have it, 5 benefits of why you should make cycling a regular part of your family's lifestyle. If you're still not convinced, you can choose the way you ride. If your family enjoys the trails, why not grab some mountain bikes and go on an off-road adventure.