Bike Riding – A Great Way for a Family to Exercise Together

girl with her new bikeExercise and a proper diet are fundamental to good health. As we have become conscious of various health risks, we want our family to be physically and emotionally healthy as well. To this end, family fun exercise: bike riding, is one way in which parents and kids can not only enjoy exercise, but benefit from it as well.

Whether the family goes out for a traditional bike ride after dinner, or reserves this activity for the weekends, it is important that exercise be part of a family’s routine. Bike riding is a fun activity, but should be approached in a safe manner. If you have not been on a bike for a while, there are certain safety tips you’ll need to adhere to. To ensure you and your family enjoys this activity; you’ll need to have the proper equipment.

  • Helmets
  • Knee pads 
  • Elbow Pads
  • A tail light and white headlight for evening rides
  • Wear bright colored clothing 
  • Always ride in the same direction the traffic is flowing 
  • Ensure the tires are fully inflated
  • Wear sneakers

You may ask why you need this equipment. Unlike years ago, when we went bike riding without protection, any fall caused breaks, strains and sometimes – head injuries. Today, these pieces of equipment are vital to the protection of you and your family. Anything could happen when bike riding. Your child may hit a bump in the road; or run into a curb; whatever the case – it is better to be safe than sorry. Whether you ride around in your neighborhood, or use bike paths at your local park, ensure you follow all of the safety guidelines.

A Family fun exercise: bike riding can be an enjoyable experience. Seeing mom and dad at the helm and the kids close behind, everyone is having a great time and engaging in good healthy exercise. When this horrible winter is over, take the family bikes out of the garage and begin a Saturday routine with your family. Can you feel the warm breeze against your face? Ah, spring is just around the corner.

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