The Top 5 Outdoor Sports for Kids

Bicycling

Every kid remembers learning how to ride a bike. At the beginning, the training wheels were on and Mom or Dad was holding the back of the bicycle seat. But soon enough, you were off on your way -- your first experience of independence and freedom.

In addition to being lots of fun, bicycle riding is also a great form of exercise. Kids can start on a plastic, three-wheel tricycle as young as age 2. Parents can then introduce a two-wheeler with training wheels around the age of 5. Once your child has mastered that, the training wheels can come off within several months. But, for safety reasons, it's recommended that kids not ride multispeed bikes, mountain bikes, or bikes with hand brakes until the age of 9. Also, kids under the age of 8 shouldn't be riding in the streets by themselves -- try your driveway or bike paths through a park instead.

Here are some of the benefits that your child will get from bicycling:

Physical benefits

  • Leg strength
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Weight control

Social benefits

  • Discipline
  • Self-esteem
  • Sense of community
  • Family bonding
  • Feeling of freedom
  • Environmental awareness

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