Get the family cycling together28 March, 2015 0 comments
Get the family cycling together
Encouraging family cycling can be a great way to achieve many things: ensure your family is healthy, teach your children that exercising is fun, spend more time together, and give you more excuses to get on your own bike. Perhaps your family are already quite sporty, or maybe you are looking for ways to get your family more active and find more things to do together. Whatever your situation, cycling together as a family is a great way to enjoy the sport.
Family cycling doesn’t have to be as stressful or difficult as it may seem at first. To make starting out easy, make sure that your children have a good bike that fits them correctly. This will ensure that you aren’t breaking up your journey to fiddle with small repairs or lifting seats up and down to make them more comfortable. Every cyclist finds riding a bike much easier when it is set up correctly, no matter what age they are, and children are more likely to get on a good bike than they are one that is too small, too big or make cycling awkward for them. Also make sure that your children have the right equipment such as a comfortable and safely fitted helmet.
There are different ways in which you can get the family cycling together. Why not try building in your commute with the school run for instance? This is a great way to get kids confident cycling on the roads, and gives you an extra incentive to do your own daily journeys on two wheels. If you want to cycle together after school and work are over, then choose areas that have designated paths and are well tested by other cyclists. Check maps beforehand and ensure you know where you are going. This takes out a lot of unnecessary stress to your trip and gives you time to enjoy your ride together.
The most important thing about riding together as a family is to make time to do it. This may seem an impossibility with family life, but if you put some time aside and make it routine then it will become part of your weekly life. Children enjoy routine and are more likely to accept something into their lives if you make it a regular feature. Think about the things you already do together and see if one of these – especially inactive ones such as watching television – can be replaced by cycling.
If you ever find yourself struggling to get the energy or time together to put everyone on a bike and ride out then remind yourself of the benefits of family cycling. Just as you might enjoy a ride with a cycling buddy during the week, your children will benefit from the social nature of a ride together. It gives you a chance to share experiences, see things together, and bond over a fun activity. If you usually cycle by yourself for fitness, then think about how adding in an occasional ride with your family can benefit you and them. It can mean less worrying about your children being inactive, and another excuse for you to get on your bike.
The ultimate benefit of cycling together as a family is having fun. Children will find things like weekend rides and cycling to school much more fun than being driven around or sitting in front of the television (no matter what they tell you when you first suggest it!). If you start to make cycling a part of your home life then it can become a part of your children’s life experience. Perhaps they will start to cycle alone with their friends or join a club, and soon they will become the next generation of keen cyclists.
Family cycling is a great way to pass your enjoyment of cycling onto your children and to make sure you are getting out and about on your bike even more. If you make sure that you start out with the correct equipment, a good idea of where you are going and have it built into your routine then you can help to stop any unnecessary stress or nerves about getting your family together out on a bike.