It’s that time of year again, all over the world lists are being prepared for Santa and parents are trying to decide which item is going to be the best value for money, bring excitement on Christmas day and won’t be left in a corner, gathering dust by the middle of January.
A bicycle is definitely an investment, it will most certainly not be the cheapest item on a child’s Christmas list so it is worth spending a little time and extra thought when selecting the right bike for your son or daughter.
If you are sitting firmly on the fence and trying to decide whether it’s the right gift for your child then let us offer a few good reasons to give the gift of cycling this Christmas.
12 Reasons To Give Your Child a Bike this Christmas
Life Skill We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s just like riding a bike”! But it’s true - cycling is something we never forget how to do, even if we don’t do it for years. It might take a few minutes to build your confidence back up again but once you’re pedalling it’s like you never stopped! So don’t just give toys as presents this year, give your child a life skill
Reduce Screen Time Every day there are new reports and investigations surrounding healthy screen time. A new console or game will provide hours of entertainment but when we are trying to encourage our children to become more active and mature into healthy adults then a bike will reinforce this message and encourage them to turn the computer off and get outside.
Increase Independence For older kids, a bike can be a symbol of independence. All of a sudden they can get to school and meet friends without having to rely on Mum and Dad’s taxi
Longevity A bike is not a trending item. There will always be something that every kid has to have, the toy of the moment. Giving these trendy gifts as a present will definitely bring joy on the day but in two weeks or two months, they will be in a cupboard somewhere and forgotten about. A bike, on the other hand, will bring joy for years
Everyone Can Pitch In There is no denying it, a bike is an expensive gift. Why not get the whole family involved with the gift - Grandparents and other family members will be much happier to contribute to a bike because they will be able to see the enjoyment it gives
Family Fun Cycling is a fun activity that every generation can get involved in, something you can do together for years to come. It is also a great way to spend time together as a family and work off those extra calories consumed over the festive period. Start during the Christmas break and ride some of your local paths and forests together as a family
A New Hobby A bike is so much more than a method of getting from a to b. It might just turn into their favourite hobby and who knows, maybe their career! There are Junior Bike Clubs all over the country that are a fantastic way to make new friends, keep fit and try out track racing, cyclocross and mountain biking
New Adventures Why not plan a trip using your bikes - or even a whole year of micro-adventures at the weekend and a summer holiday bike packing trip. Spending your family holidays together, cycling in new places encourages children to explore and appreciate nature and the change in seasons
Mental and Physical Health Benefits Mind, the mental health charity has reported that exercise and being outdoors improves a child’s mental well being and their attention span at school. Every time we pick up a newspaper or turn on the television we are reminded of the increasing childhood obesity epidemic. The NHS and the WHO recommend that children and young adults aged 5 to 18 should “aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day.”
Road Safety Awareness Giving your child a set of wheels and taking them out on their new bike around the local village or town will help them to become more aware of their surroundings. You can use bike rides together to teach them about the importance of road safety and cycling best practices. This is, once again, something that will benefit them for their entire life
It All Starts With Balance Giving a Balance Bike this Christmas is not just going to fill your house with smiles and laughter. Without realising you are teaching your child the invaluable skills of proprioception, balance and co-ordination. Not only will a balance bike make learning to ride a pedal bike a breeze but it will also improve their core stability and make them stronger all over
New Years Resolutions Use this Christmas gift as the perfect excuse for the who family to set some new goals and resolutions for 2020. Let this be the year you spend more time together, get fitter and healthier, try to use the car less and get outside more. Bikes can help you smash all of these goals.
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