The benefits of cycling for children
04 JULY 2022
Playing sport in childhood improves children's learning and skill development, as well as educational attainment and empowerment, which contributes to their overall well-being and future prospects.
Studies show that well-constructed sports initiatives contribute to improving the lives of children. Indeed, sports activities increase participation in group initiatives and are also a good tool to avoid exclusion and marginalisation among children.
Cycling in children
Cycling in children is an excellent way to work on endurance and coordination. Good results are quickly achieved by mixing the surfaces you ride on: flat, uphill, downhill and muddy.
When cycling, the body releases endorphins, the substance responsible for a sense of well-being, freedom and fulfilment. Cycling is perfect for improving mental health.
Muscle health at its best!
When your child pedals hard on their mountain bike, it doesn't just increase the strength and size of their muscles. It actually promotes their long-term health. Cycling is not just a form of aerobic exercise. It also provides a muscle workout by forcing cyclists to exercise their muscles to pedal.
When muscles have to work hard, the body has to pump extra blood to them. This can improve their long-term health, reducing your child's risk of injury, muscle problems and pain. Stronger muscles while your child is growing will help build stronger bones.
People who stay physically active are less likely to suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis, so getting your child cycling now will set them up for a healthy life. As an added bonus, it has the ability to boost the immune system and give energy and tone.
A better planet!
Reducing travel by motorised vehicles is largely feasible. Most of the trips we make are less than 3 kilometres long and can easily be replaced by cycling. Increasing the number of journeys by bicycle therefore reduces emissions of pollutants and in particular greenhouse gases.
Bicycles produce no noise pollution. They consume very little public space: when parked, a bicycle takes up no more than 1 m², whereas a car takes up 10 m². And although the ratio of 1 to 10 is less spectacular in traffic, the fact remains that overall, a cyclist consumes about five times less space than a car driver. These are particularly valuable assets in urban environments.
No more excuses, get on your bikes!
This article was written by Chloe, left hand and left hand of the right hand.
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