It’s no secret that exercise is an important, fundamental component in your child’s ability to live a healthy, fulfilling life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent research estimates that the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled over the course of the last 30 years. The last couple of decades have made it clear that children today must do more to live a healthy lifestyle. From eating right to getting active, being healthy has to be a necessity of all parents today. Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” campaign back in February of 2010. The essence behind this campaign is to get children inspired to improve their physical and emotional state – all by means of exercise.
As the popularity of cycling continues to build momentum throughout the country, it is absolutely essential that your children follow the trend. Bicycles and school seem to be a natural fit. Thousands of children across America hope on their bikes each and every morning and afternoon to travel to and from school. Riding a bike fuels your children with the energy that they need to maintain healthy bodies and alert minds throughout the school day. Additionally, bike riding with friends is an excellent way to keep your children socially involved with their peers.
Beyond the physical and emotional benefits of cycling for children, recent research has shed light on another compelling argument for cycling: brain power. Studies show that post exercise the brain is able to process information much more efficiently. With a “cognitive boost”, children who exercise are much more readily equipped to take on the school day. When cognitive functioning is improved, students will be able to focus better, absorb more information, and open to the door to an overall enhanced learning environment.
Finally, youth exercise has also been associated with lessening the effects of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Today, anywhere from 3-5 percent of children in the United States suffer from ADHD, according to research from the National Institute of Mental Health. Could cycling be the answer to decrease these numbers? While cycling may not be the only factor in curbing this number, it just points to another benefit of getting kids on a bike as much as possible.
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