Simple Summer Series #3 : Benefits of Biking w/ the Babies

10169290_10203150343953005_3260483702776640810_nSummer is in full effect and the kids love the outdoors. Last year my two oldest children learned to ride their bikes, and as you can guess, they want to ride them all the time.

I am thankful for a neighborhood with side walks. We can ride around our whole subdivision and I don’t have to worry about them riding in the street, unless I am with them. I did catch my son riding in the street, like he was grown one evening. That didn’t end well for him!

Bailee and bike

For Mother’s Day, my family bought me a bike! I was so excited and use it often. My children and I like to ride around our neighborhood together in the evening after dinner or early morning (weekends) before breakfast.

Here are a few benefits to bike riding with your children:

  • Improve your fitness: bike riding tones the booty, thighs, tummy and reduces cellulite.
  • Relationship: the interaction improves the bond with your children. We actually do talk and laugh a lot when we ride.
  • Independence: Bike riding allows children to get to know their surroundings and feel apart of it.
  • Weight Loss: bike riding raises your metabolic rate, helping you keep the weight off.
  • Ageless: regular bike riders are as fit as an average person 10 years younger.
  • School: teachers report that kids who walk or cycle to school are more alert and ready to learn vs. car riders.

earl and bike

What I recently learned about are Bike Clubs. My county has one, BikeCobb.org, which has different membership levels ranging from $15-$500. I am honestly probably not going to join a club, but it’s good to know if I ever wanted tips or to meet other families that ride, it’s a source for us.

Continue enjoying your summer…. and take some time to ride your bike.

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  1. says

    Sounds like fun and like you said good exercise. I bet they’ll remember doing this with you when they grow up. I plan to get a bike and ride with my my kids when they grow older but we’ll see because my daughter prefers to rider her scooter.

  2. says

    I can’t understand why the hot wteehar would stop you from riding. Actually, there’s a reason why I try to head north to a locale such as Michigan, Wisconsin or Canada in August. I just can’t stand that St. Louis heat.

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