Bike Riding: Fun Fitness for the Entire Family

Parents, Kids & Teens

family-fitnessAs children get older and families get stretched in different directions, it’s important to find common ground. We all need exercise, so why not work together toward a common goal — fitness and family activities.

Biking your way to fitness with your children is a way to get fit and build lasting memories together.

Safety First:

Helmets are an important way to protect the head in the event of accidents. Keep in mind that kids outgrow helmets - you’ll want to check for proper fit and coverage. Consider reflective material either on your children and/or on their bikes, and perhaps an orange flag in back and a bell or horn for signaling.

Gear Up:

As you check your bike’s safety and make sure it’s in working order, consider involving your kids. They can learn about gears, checking tire pressure and adjusting seats and handle bars, and will feel empowered to make these changes on their own should the need arise.

Ready to Go:

Consider starting out with bike rides in the neighborhood so you can get a feel for everyone’s fitness level and how everyone can handle hills, skids and obstacles such as uneven pavement or gravel. Once you’ve tooled around the neighborhood, maybe try biking around town. Have a book to return to the library? Your family bike trip now has a destination. Need some veggies? Why not stop at that local farm stand? You can be green and get exercise at the same time.

Once you’ve been around the neighborhood, consider a road trip. There are groups and organizations that set up multi-city rides – travel from one small town to another within your area and stop at the end for a rejuvenating picnic. Perhaps you’ll think about entering your family in a bike race.

So, if you're a parent looking for some fun ways for the entire family to get fit, this summer try bike riding.

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