Bike riding is a lifelong sport. It’s something you can do well in to your late adulthood. As we know, even if there’s a period in your life when you don’t ride, the moment you get back on a bike those skills come back rushing back thanks to our keen muscle memory!
According to theinspiredtreehouse.com it’s hard to think of a better activity than riding a bike when it comes to lower extremity strengthening. What other activity can you think of that can be so recreational and yet be so great for isolating those leg muscles? There aren’t many. Kiddos will also get a powerful dose of bilateral coordination practice as they learn to work both legs together to turn the pedals. This requires the same reciprocal (alternating) leg movements that are required for coordinated, fluent walking. And, kids get great practice with balance as they lift their feet off of the ground and up to the pedals before initiating movement. Working the handlebars encourages upper body proprioception and strength as the hands support the upper body while turning when needed. We’ve all seen folks standing up to ride that bike faster or to get up a hill — MAJOR core work going on here! With childhood obesity on the rise, focusing on activities like bike riding is more important than ever – torching calories while socializing and having fun with friends is the perfect way to keep kids fit.
When introducing a bike to your young child, you are faced with many daunting choices. What size bike is right for my child? Training wheels or no training wheels? What type of helmet will best protect my son/daughter? The list goes on. But AVAC can help! Announcing Strider® Learn-To-Ride Camps!
STRIDER® Balance Bikes are the industry leader when it comes to helping young children learn to ride on two wheels. The lightweight, pedal-less, all terrain design allows children to straddle the bike with both feet on the ground and easily propel the bike by walking or running. This natural method puts the focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.
Every child who signs up at AVAC® receives their own 12” Strider® Sport bike!
STRIDER® Camps are for kids 2 – 5 years old who want to learn to ride or improve their skills.
Parents participation optional. Maximum 10 per camp.
Learn more here and sign your child up for a STRIDER® camp today!