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The Benefits of Cycling for Children and Families

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If you have always been a keen cyclist before you had kids, but now have your very own brood in tow it’s important to remember that having very young children is no barrier to cycling, and in fact this can be one of the ideal times to get out there and cycle!

Children from the age of three can learn to ride a bike, so taking this into consideration, even really families can enjoy a fun pedal together! And once your little one has picked up the fundamentals, you can go off on longer bike rides and possibly even venture into the exciting world of mountain biking or take a cycling holiday.

Whether you’re already a keen cyclist who loves wants to pass this passion on to your kids, or you like the idea of learning something new together, cycling with your family is a lot of fun for all ages. Here are a few of our reasons to get out there and enjoy a good bike ride with the whole family!

The Benefits of Cycling for Families

Great for stress relief and to blow off some steam!

Cycling is a brilliant stress buster, not just for you but for your little ones as well! Your kids might have had a hectic week at school just as you might have had a busy week couped up at the office. So with this in mind, a bike ride can be a great way to recharge your energy. Physical activity has a calming effect on the body and mind too!

Increase emotional wellbeing

Cycling is known for boosting confidence in children. It increases self-esteem because now that your little ones are able to move freely and independently and they are aware of their body as well as their surroundings. Their confidence helps them in being comfortable when they are out of the house, not getting into a zone of fear or helplessness. Sometimes, when parents accompany their children for rides, it’s an opportunity for family bonding. Children often enjoy their rides more and make brilliant memories, which in turn, allows them to be more positive and happy.

Keeps them active

Being outdoors less and spending copious amounts of time on video games playing with gadgets and confine the children to be indoors and can make them lazy and inactive. Childhood obesity is on the rise these days and something parents need to be mindful of. Cycling is a great activity to keep them fit and healthy! Cycling encourages your children outdoors and allows them to be really active, they are exercising their legs and this allows them to remain healthy while having fun!

Here at Hooked on Cycling, it is our belief that travelling by bike is enjoyable, healthy and eye-opening and something that all the family can enjoy! We offer a varied range of cycling holidays catered to suit everyone – whether you’re a beginner looking to explore the world of cycling or an experienced cyclist looking for a challenge. To find out more, get in touch.

About the author

I have worked for Hooked on Cycling & Walking since 2007 and love to travel and explore. I like to get outdoors and take my two young boys with me and hiking/cycling is enjoyed by all of us.
2 Responses
  1. Sam - West Lothian Kids

    My boys really enjoyed cycling especially during lockdown. Can’t wait for the colder months to disappear so we can head back out altogether

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