Why Cycling is good for Children!
Created by Tanuja Sodhi Updated on Sep 12, 2015
" Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike"
- John F. Kennedy
Millions around the globe echo what John F. Kennedy felt about a bike ride.
Cycling is a popular recreational and fitness activity that is enjoyed by children and adults alike. For the children who learn to bicycle very early in life, there probably is no greater hobby than this.
Cycling is a moderate, low-impact, aerobic, physical activity suitable for all age groups that provides innumerous health benefits, and it can be continued for life without a major time commitment.
Cycling still isn’t a major family sport in India, but step out in the streets of Europe, be it in France, Germany or Switzerland, you would spot families with very young and older children cycling together. Children, however young, would be seen following their parents on bikes with backpacks stuffed with supplies for the weekend getaways. Cycling veritably appears to be the
national hobby of the entire bike-obsessed continent. William Saroyan (Nobel prize winner) went to the extent of calling the bicycle as “the noblest invention of mankind”.
It’s not for nothing that cycling is such a popular activity. This sport has a lot going in its favor. Some of the numerous benefits of cycling are:
1. Improved cardiovascular fitness: Cycling strengthens the heart, which improves blood circulation.
2. Reduced body fat: Children or young teens that cycle more regularly have less excess weight and body fat than those who do not. Cycling burns calories, raises the metabolic rate, and builds muscle tone.
3. Improved wellness through stress reductions: Cycling improves well- being by bringing down stress levels, increasing self-confidence, reducing tiredness and a range of other medical afflictions.
4. Easy to incorporate in regular routine: Since cycling does not involve a steep learning curve and expensive equipment, it is easy to incorporate it into your life.
5. Increased joint movement: Cycling can strengthen the joints because the cycling motion provides nourishment that builds up cartilage.
6. Reduced back pain: Cycling (and other exercise) provides nourishment that discs in the spine need for development. The large muscles in the back develop and become stronger.
7. Stronger immune system :Cycling regularly gives adequate exercise to the body in order to strengthen immunity.
Many parents prevent children from cycling because it’s believed to be “unsafe”. Far more hazardous than a scraped palm and a nettled knee is the creation of a generation of obese and sedentary children. Falls and smashes are a normal part of growing up, but inactivity is actually a more serious modern malady.
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s words would surely reflect the sentiments of countless avid bikers around the globe.
Image source - www.nutsbike.com
| Nov 29, 2015
My daughter is four year oldn loves her cycle most n very much fond of cycling. Yes surely cycling is a full body excercise... during my childhood I have done lot n lots of cycling and want to do it now also.... very soon my little one who is one year cycle he will also start to do cycling n den I will also start wid him.... excited about it... nice article...
| Jan 21, 2013
My son is three year old ,he is found of bicycle. we got him for his birthday he enjoys it and he is feeling very proud that he has grown big and able to do cycling for more than one hour.
| Jan 08, 2013
My son loves to cycle and well we just noticed that he he has lost all his baby fat and he has grown taller too
| Jan 03, 2013
I still remember those days when I first learnt cycling... my son never found it tough to ride it and I completely agree that those small fall and smashes makes it worth the try...
| Jan 02, 2013
Cycling is enjoyable and has numerous health benefits. Families cycling together on a warm day is a common sight in European countries. We intend to venture out this summer! Lovely article.
| Jan 02, 2013
My child loves to cycle. I so want to do it but to be able to cycle with him, I need a bicycle myself. Hopefully will get it soon this year!