It is possible to just hop on a bike and go. That’s assuming you’ve learnt to ride a bike and know basic safety measures to keep you and your family out of danger. But it can be physically demanding, especially for little legs, or those who are new to cycling. Most kids want to learn to ride a bike, and it’s an easy way to get them into the fresh air and exercising, but there are other health benefits too:
Which family sports and activities can help with cycling?
We all know cycling is great exercise, but there are lots of good reasons to mix it up with some other sports and family activities, to help build up bone density, increase stamina, and strengthen muscles.
How can good nutrition help with family leisure cycling?
You should aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet whatever your activity level, as this will provide you with all the nutrients you need. For children, a healthy, varied diet with the right serving sizes ensures proper growth and development. As you get older, you need to eat a healthy diet to give your body energy throughout the day, especially during exercise. Here are some tips for serving healthy meals for the whole family:
Limit also your salt and sugar intake where possible. Children aged four to six years should only consume around five teaspoons of sugar per day, which doesn’t sound like a lot. And when you compare that to a can of coke for example, that contains almost double their daily allowance in just one hit. It’s easier to cut back on your children’s intake of sweets, biscuits and ice cream, but hidden sugars and salt are found in everyday foods too, including bread, soups, condiments, and fast food. Try substituting fizzy drinks for water, or low-sugar squash. Limit processed and fast foods, and bake your own cakes and treats at home rather than buying sugar-loaded shop-bought versions.
With everyone being so busy nowadays, it can sometimes be difficult to eat dinner together, and at the same time every evening. But try to have dinner as a family as often as possible, as kids will learn to make healthier meal choices and they’ll be more likely to carry these healthier eating habits into adulthood too.