As our society becomes more and more reliant on technology, children are spending more time indoors staring at screens, whether it be on tablets or phones. However, it is important to understand the negative impact that such activities can have on the physical and mental well-being of children. Encouraging children to be outside, to ride bicycles and engage in other outdoor activities, can have significant positive effects on both physical and mental health.
Physical exercise is crucial for the growth and development of children. When children spend time outside, they engage in activities that help them burn calories, build strength, and develop motor skills. Cycling is an excellent outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Cycling helps to strengthen muscles, increase endurance, and improve cardiovascular health. Furthermore, cycling is a low-impact form of exercise that does not put undue stress on joints and bones.
In addition to physical benefits, spending time outside and cycling can also have a positive impact on mental health. Being outside in nature has been linked to reduced stress levels and improved mood. Outdoor activities, such as cycling, can also promote a sense of well-being and increase self-confidence. Children who spend time outside are also more likely to develop social skills and form stronger relationships with others.
One of the major challenges of modern technology is that it is highly addictive. Children who spend too much time staring at screens can become disconnected from the world around them, leading to isolation and loneliness. In contrast, outdoor activities such as cycling provide a sense of connection with the world and can promote feelings of belonging and inclusion.
Another benefit of cycling is that it can help to develop a sense of responsibility in children. When riding a bike, children must be aware of their surroundings and take responsibility for their safety. This can help to foster a sense of responsibility and independence in children that can be beneficial throughout their lives.
At Roads To Giving, we are encouraging parents and children to spend time outside and engage in activities such as cycling can have a significant positive impact on both physical and mental health. Not only does cycling provide physical benefits, but it can also help to reduce stress, increase self-confidence, and foster a sense of responsibility in children. By promoting outdoor activities, we can help to ensure that children grow up healthy, happy, and well-rounded individuals.
David Roberson and Jesse Rochman, Roads To Giving Co-Founder
San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida – March 12 – May 4, 2023
Roads to Giving is a nonprofit organization working with local communities to enable and promote safe cycling while encouraging community togetherness and involvement. The organization empowers people regardless of ability to experience and connect to their own local communities through cycling, and its proceeds help fund safe cycling routes, trails, equipment, systems, signage, and outdoor adventures for all ages.