If you remember during your childhood, back in the day when kids did not spend their time in front of television screens or smart phones, biking would be the most exciting part of the day. Form the first day you rode a bike, with training wheels of course, to the time you went mountain biking with your family, biking is a hobby many people enjoy. However, kids these days spend more time indoors with their gadgets than outdoors playing video games. Here are a few reasons why biking should be a hobby introduced to children.
Promotes Physical Fitness
Despite not being taken seriously as a kid, biking at a young age can actually help the physical fitness of a child. Not only do they get the daily exercise that they need, they also build up muscle and resistance to disease. If a child is taught to bike, they cannot unlearn it. Therefore, it can be a lifelong hobby. They develop habits and they become more physically fit compared to those who do not bike for leisure.
Biking, or any other sport for that matter, requires a lot of energy. Because of that, energy production increases. The body in turn gets more energy than it originally makes. If a child just sits around in the living room, eyes glued to the television playing video games, productivity decreases. This is because only some muscles are used. On the other hand, if a child is more active, they get more energized to partake in activities. Thus, giving them more energy to do other things such as school work. Developing this kind of habit can be beneficial when they get older.
Develops Endurance and Self-Reliance
Just as the popular saying goes, hard work pays off. If a child is taught how to bike, there is a big chance that they may be interested in biking even when they grow older. There are many types of bikes that are specifically for adults such as mountain bikes and dirt bikes. The more they become interested, the more they would want to practice. The more they practice, the better they become.
Biking develops not only physical fitness, but also productivity, self-discipline, and an overall healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. So if you happen to have a child who spends most of his or her time playing with tablets or smart phones, teach them how to bike and make them see that it is a hobby you also used to enjoy.