5 Benefits of Family Bike Rides

April 7, 2022
AUTHOR:
Emily Owen

Parenting: they say the days are long but the years fly by. And never does that seem more true than when it’s only 8am and the 4 year old is having a complete whack attack over some cheerios, whilst you once again enter into hostile negotiations with the 7 year old over screen time, fearing that they’ve descended into a Minecraft addiction so deep, that it’s time to pack up their bags and ship them off for professional help. Oh, and to top it off the aged spaniel has just pissed on the floor. Again.

Well, the good news is spring has sprung, the lambs are bleating and daffodils are ummm…. doing their daffodil-thing. Which means if - like us at fettle - you’ve plonked your child in front of the iPad one too many times and are now concerned child services are going to pay you a visit, you’ve got options. With the sun shining and the dark of winter behind us, it’s time for us all to get outdoors and make the most of it.

And do you know what that means?! BIKE RIDES! As you ponder activities that’ll keep your young apes entertained, here are a few reasons why bike rides en famille is the only direction to be pedalling in.

A reset for everyone.

As adults, we’re much better at listening to our bodies. Whether we need more sleep (what parent doesn’t?!), more fruit or veg, or some exercise to get us up and moving, we know how to improve our mental wellbeing. Children haven’t learned that yet. They’re unable to correlate between their - at best - questionable behaviour that Wednesday afternoon, and the fact they hadn’t been out of the house all day. We have to make those decisions for them, getting them out into the fresh air for a mental reset.

It’s more fun for them, and easier for you!

And speaking of that mental reset, why are we suggesting pedal power over a walk? We defy you to show us a child, who at some point in human history has met the suggestion of a walk with energy and enthusiasm. “What a smashing idea Mama. Let me just grab my tweed jacket, boater hat and pop to the lavatory VOLUNTARILY.”

However, lob a two-wheeled steed into the mix and that walk round the block turns into a far more enjoyable bike ride, with the kids needing far less convincing. And from your side, a pedal round the local park is far less effort than chasing your child around the climbing apparatus.

Make memories.

Making memories doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, some of my favourite childhood memories are bike rides along the promenade with my family. Spending time together doesn’t mean needing to splash out on expensive outings. Family bike rides are exactly the kind of wholesome, warm fuzzy memories your sprogs will look back on with fondness.

Who said there's no such thing as fun for all the family?

Lead by example.

Kids are sponges, soaking up everything you do and say. In the same way they watch our eating habits, they’ll also watch our exercise habits. Getting out  on two-wheels in front of them is a great way of showing that adults need to exercise too, and it’s something they’ll be needing to do as they get older.

Learn safe cycling habits

And last but not least is the opportunity to instil safe cycling habits. Before your kids become parent hating teenagers and still listen(ish), make sure they understand the importance of being safe on the roads. Teaching them the right of way, indicating and watching out for other road users is imperative, lest they pedal off to see their mates further down the line, with little knowledge of cycling safety.

So if you’re wanting a cheap, healthy and rather enjoyable way to spend time as a family, why not head out there on two-wheels and make some memories to look back on with a smile - there's no excuse with our free kids bike services!

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