How to Get Your Family Involved in Cycling (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post comes to you from Mike over at consumerhealthanswers.com. Enjoy! 

If you had a question in mind as to whether you can take your child along on short cycling rides, so that he/she can get involved in cycling and you can live your passion? Then be informed that of course you can. There are various options available including child seats, tandems, trailer bikes, cargo bikes, kid’s own bike, and trikes etc that can be used to make cycling a family experience.

From baby bike seats to tandem bikes, these days it is very easy to get your child involved in the biking passion. But there are concerns about what the best bike is for your child, what the right is to change your child’s helmet or when the child can go out cycling without the training wheels etc. All these questions and many others need to be addressed. Look down for some cycling products and attachments that are available to address your concerns.

  • Baby bike seats

The easiest, best and the safest way to get your child involved in cycling is to start pretty early by attaching a baby bike sea onto the back of your bike. If you are taking short trips (where the child may not fall asleep) the baby bike seat is surely a must use because it is effective and cool. Most child seats are suitable for children between the ages of nine months to four years. The lower limit can go down further depending on the child’s ability to sit up unsupported.  On the other hand, the upper limit has nothing to do with age; it’s basically related to passenger weight. Baby bike seats are basically made to carry 20kgs.

  • Trailers

If you are not a pro and are less confident about your riding skills, then instead of the baby seat, you may be better of attaching a rear bike trailer. Trailer is basically a two tire covered seat, which attaches to the rear of an adult bike that can also function as a push trailer. The trailer is behind you and out of your range of easy communication, therefore trailers are ideal for slightly grown up kids.

  • Cargo bikes  

Cargo bike is a new option of carrying your babies on a cycling outing. The bike comes with a basket attached to the front, which is probably large enough to carry two small kids at once. The cargo cycles can be a little highly priced but you have the children strapped to the front of the bike so you can easy see and communicate with them, increasing the level of safety and security. Most of these come in two wheel variants, but cargo bikes are also available in three wheeled rides, for additional child safety.

  • Trail-a-bike

Bike extenders are another way to keep your little ones tagged on a long family bike ride. The bike-shaped equipment attaches to the rear of the adult bike and is ideal for children strong enough to stay stable and pedal.

  • Bike

Now, if your child is properly trained and wants to join the family love for cycling, then take the kid to a local vendor and let him/her try a few bikes. Once finalized make sure you get the bike seat adjusted to a height from where the child sitting on it can easily touch his/her feet to the ground.

Author Bio

I’m Mike a Health & Fitness Consultant, who has conducted several researches studies on the inter-relation between happiness and health. Currently regularly doing blogging for www.consumerhealthanswers.com.

 

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How Can We Combat Obesity? Healthy Habits Start in Childhood.

When I was a kid, we went outside to play. Today’s children are so often parked in front of the television or computer, rather than out, moving around – having fun and getting fit. I don’t remember eating a lot of fast food as a child. It was more of an occasional “treat,” not something we had all the time. And it’s not that we were less busy – I remember many a night eating dinner (homecooked, not fast food) in the car on the way from one after school activity to another.

On the flipside, there are plenty of organized sports available to children – more than I ever remember there being when I was a kid. But much like there are kids who would rather sit at home and do nothing, there are the kids who are madly in love with a sport. Though an active child is usually a healthy child, there are a few downsides, as well. It can be time consuming, extremely expensive, and even dangerous if a child becomes too involved too soon (here’s a hint: there’s a reason most gyms don’t allow kids under 13 in the weight room).

It can be a kind of fine line. Let your child find their passion – but make sure to put down some ground rules. Do they eat, sleep and breathe soccer? Encourage their athleticism, but make sure that the love comes from their heart – not your desire to be the parent of a future Olympian. The rules are the same for children as they are for adults – everyone needs a break from time to time to avoid burnout and overuse injury. Would they rather sit at home and read? Make a family fitness time – take a walk with the dog, ride bikes, play catch in the backyard. Staying active helps you as much as it does your kids!

From a nutrition standpoint, I am reminded of the comment my mother always made in response to those daytime talk show stories about 130 lb. 5 year olds: “You are the parent!” Just because they like macaroni and cheese doesn’t mean they should have it every day. Encourage a balanced diet full of nutritious foods, as well as the occasional treat. And practice what you preach! If you are open to new food experiences, and maintain a (mostly) healthy diet, your children will most likely be open minded, too, and follow suit.

Active kids grow up to be healthy adults – and healthy kids are happy kids (with happy moms and dads). So get out there and get active together as a family! The sooner children are exposed to healthy eating and fitness habits, the more likely they are to grow up to be healthy, active adults … and hopefully, as more people become focused on healthy living, we can start turning those scary obesity statistics around.

Foreshadowing of my future passion. That’s right, mom and I used to rock some Jane Fonda back in 1984. Check out those guns…