According to the CDC, nearly one in five young people in the United States is obese. The percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s.
Children with obesity are at a higher risk for a host of other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Good health is about a lot more than maintaining a healthy weight, however. The CDC recommends an hour of daily physical activity, which should include aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities. Kids who participate in regular exercise have higher levels of fitness, lower body fat, and stronger bones and muscles, and benefit from brain-boosting health benefits of physical activity like improved cognition and reduced symptoms of depression.
Each time you get your child out and being active is like putting coins in a piggy bank—a bike ride is an investment in good health for the future.
Family Time on the Bike
The demands society puts on modern-day parents are high. But as you navigate your hectic calendar of life’s to-do’s, don’t forget to make time to have fun. Family time on a bike is an opportunity for adventure, stress relief, and most importantly, lasting memories.
Numerous studies have shown that family leisure time strengthens emotional bonds and is associated with positive outcomes like improved family function, cohesion, adaptability, and communication. Though it can seem like a simple, even routine thing, doing something fun together as a family is deeply meaningful.
Don’t forget that a bike is a means of transportation, too—if pressed for time, consider ways to incorporate a family bike ride into getting where you have to go anyway, like school or the grocery store.
Moms and dads often report back to woom HQ after purchasing woom bikes to say how much biking has changed their day-to-day lives as a family. With the woom 1 balance bike, they can go on long hikes with their toddler, who would never have made it that far on foot without being carried. Or with woom’s first pedal bikes (the woom 2 and woom 3) and larger models, parents say they’re heading out for a run or bike ride with their children on a regular basis, fitting in their own workout time. Some start a routine of commuting by biking to school.
Bikes can be enjoyable for everyone, a welcome opportunity to leave social media, work emails, and all the other cares of the digital world behind and instead create memories and foster lasting emotional and physical benefits for the whole family.