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Talking about cycling in childhood implies covering a very stimulating field of physical exercise for children. Discover the benefits of teaching children to pedal, brake, accelerate and get carried away by the bicycle. It is a sport that can improve balance, endurance, motor coordination, and strengthen children's abilities and bones.
Since children are just a few months old, they already have a tricycle on which to take their first pedal strokes and the vast majority of adults have a bicycle - either stationary or mobile - on which to cycle. Thus, tricycles and bicycles are usually one of the star gifts for birthdays, communions, Christmas or to 'reward' children for good grades in school.
Cycling stands out as a competitive sport, an exercise where will, sacrifice, participation, effort and knowing how to lose or win are measured. There are children who venture into this sport from a very young age, while others end up tired and abandon it. In any case, experts warn thatchildren must learn to ride a bike to socialize and have a fun time.
Cycling offers multiple educational benefits for children, both at a motor, cognitive and affective-social level:
- Increases resistance.
- Boost speed and agility.
- Stimulates and increases coordination and balance.
- Promotes intellectual development.
- Promotes the development of social values: companionship, respect, tolerance, solidarity; in addition to developing a spirit of sacrifice, security and trust.
- Create an ecological conscience. Children learn to use the bicycle as a means of transportation.
- Increases self-esteem.
- Creates healthy habits for the body: improves joints, strengthens the immune system, increases respiratory capacity, improves circulatory system, prevents back pain, strengthens bones, combats obesity, reduces the amount of body fat, promotes blood flow, increases calcium of bones, etc.
- Promotes social gathering.
- Reduces anxiety and stress and elevates mood.
Most of us have learned to ride a bicycle in the same way. The important thing to start teaching your child to ride a bike is to choose an appropriate bike size for him. The use of a helmet is recommended to protect children in the event that they fall. Then we started teaching them to ride a bike:
1. Adjust the chair according to the child's height.
2. As long as the child does not have the necessary balance to go alone with the bicycle, he should put on wheels.
3. Choose a quiet and safe place to start the bike, without descents or dangerous places.
4. Begin pedaling. Teach your child to move the pedals. Start with short steps. And practice as much as they can.
5. At the same time you teach to pedal you must teach him to move the handlebars to the right and to the left.
6. Learn to brake. You must teach that when you stop pedaling, the bike will stop. And you can also use the brake or the handlebar to brake.
7. The rest is just practice. When your child gains balance, the training wheels can be removed to help balance without them.
Important: keep in mind that each child has their time to learn. Don't rush your child. Everything is achieved with patience and determination. The important thing is to have fun. Riding a bike is an experience of a lifetime.
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