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Cycling is healthy for you and your loved ones’ mind and body

Regular cycling can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and stroke as well as keeping your weight under control.

Just a 30-minute ride will count towards your recommended weekly activity target. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/cycling-for-beginners/

Cycling is good for your mental wellbeing

Get you and the kids away from the stresses of the modern world (work, exams, social media!) – yes, cycling helps release stress and boosts your mood!

Cycling is proven to keep you young!

It’s true, cycling is the fountain of youth – a study has shown that cycling keeps your immune system young, preserves muscle and helps maintain stable levels of body fat and cholesterol https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/08/cycling-keeps-your-immune-system-young-study-finds

Cycling reduces screen time!

Get the kids (and you) off the couch and away from tapping and scrolling. By getting out on the bike you’ll be active, enjoying reality (not fake news) and encouraging the kids to stay healthy by enjoying the freedom of the bicycle.

Cycling lets you explore the local area

By getting out on your bike, you will discover your local surroundings, find new areas to explore, maybe a new coffee shop for post ride treats. You’ll also be able to show the kids important landmarks and buildings, pointing out libraries, parks, and police stations. When they get older they’ll know how to get there rather than relying on mum or dad’s taxi!

Cycling boosts brain power!

Want the kids to do well in school? – get them out on a bike – Exercise has been repeatedly linked to brain health – A 2013 study found that during exercise, cyclists’ blood flow in the brain rose by 28 per cent, and up to 70 per cent in specific areas.

And what’s more, cycling helps reduced cognitive changes that can leave us vulnerable to dementia later in life.

Cycling is good for the planet

Our children are growing up concerned about the environment. They want a healthy planet and we want them to grow up on one. Shifting just 10% of journeys from car to bike would reduce air pollution and save lives! – what a great example to set to your kids to show you care about the environment. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2014/oct/16/why-cyling-is-great-for-everyone-not-just-cyclists

TOP TIPS FOR RIDING AS A FAMILY

  • Any bike will do! Just make sure the saddle height is set correctly (when seated you should be able to touch the ground with the tips of your toes).
  • Check the bikes over to make sure they are safe to use (do the brakes/gears work?). Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure (you will find the correct pressure on the sidewall (side) of your tyres.
  • Prepare your route – think about points of interest for the kids, avoid busy roads and think about a rewarding stop at a pub or café at the end of the route.
  • Think about what you will take with you. Make sure you all have enough water and have a few snacks in your bag. Make sure you have a waterproof jacket in your bag in case the weather turns.
  • Suitable clothes for changing weather are a must. Normal clothing will do fine for most rides, although avoid jeans, especially if the weather is damp. Sturdy shoes are better than soft-soled ones. Easily removable layers are another must. Too many and you’ll get too hot and sweaty but too few and children will easily get cold and tired.
  • Take plenty of rest and drink stops – you’re on an adventure, it’s the journey to enjoy, as well as the destination.
  • Don’t forget your helmets – ensure they fit correctly and are properly fastened.
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