Finding the time to exercise as a parent is no easy feat – yet there does exist a world where people combine both the parenting and exercising in one go. Those who loved to ride before children came along are still able to do so, and for those who are wanting to give it a go as a total beginner, there are options available to ease both you and your kid into it. So where do we start, especially with young children?
If your child is still a baby, they will be able to ride on the bike of your bike in their own specially-designed seat. How old they need to be when they first go in the seat is a matter of debate; experts state that they should be able to sit unsupported, which gives a general guideline of nine months of age before they can go in.
A fabulous invention for toddler-aged children is the bike trailer. They are able to sit in their own little carriage and be pulled along by you, giving them a fantastic little ride. This suits a lot of parents as their children are strapped safely into the trailer, which usually has enough suspension to keep them comfortable, as well as open spots to give them a view of the outside world passing by. There are bike trailer reviews online for you to be able to see which will best suit your lifestyle. They come in all shapes and sizes, so it really is best to do your research before committing to one.
Giving your children the confidence to ride along on their own bike can be quite a daunting thing to do. If they’ve been used to having you leading the way, the next stage is to get a tag-along bike to attach to your own. This gives them the basic balance of being on their own bike (they will have to keep themselves upright and on it without relying on anybody else) as well as a sense of independence that they so need to be able to ride on their own.
If the tag-along is proving too difficult, or you know that your child is ready for the next step, it’s time to break out the stabilisers. These easily attach onto the wheels of the bike to be able to give your children a back-up when they wobble. Eventually, there will come a time when they have found their core balance and won’t be reliant upon them. Have patience with them while they’re learning – it’ll be over before you know it!
Off They Go!
As soon as your child is ready to ride without stabilizers, they’ll be off on their own bike. Some kids jump straight onto bikes without so much as needing the initiation of stabilizers or having the introduction to creating a love of bicycles, but regardless of this it’s still a great way to bond as well as a fantastic way to get active and keep fit.