Cycling Facts for Kids

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Cycling has a number of different health benefits for both young and old. Get cycling facts for kids with help from a personal trainer and group fitness director in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Janette Janero. I'm a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, and today I'm going to teach you some cycling tips for kids. Parents, before you even place your children on the bicycle, make sure you have the right type of clothing on them. You want to make sure that it's bright and light colors so the motorists can easily see them. Also, if it's a bright sunny day don't forget to put on that sunscreen. A very important piece of clothing for the bicycle is the helmet. If you want your children to wear the helmet let them pick it out. That way it feels like it's something personal that they chose for themselves. You want to make sure it's light in color again so it can easily be seen and also you want to make sure it's well ventilated. Wearing the helmet isn't just enough, you have to make sure that they're wearing it correctly. You want to make sure that the straps form a V around your child's ear. If it does not, you can simply bring it up tighter. Also once it is strapped underneath your child's chin, ask them to open their mouth. If the helmet pulls down, you know it's on tight enough. If not, you know to adjust the straps as well. Once you are all dressed and ready to go, all you need is your bike. To make sure you have the right size of bike for a child or an adult as well, when you are standing next to the bike you want the seat to hit about your hip level. That way you know it's the proper height for you. There are many different types of bicycles. Make sure that you pick the right one for the terrain that you want to live in or for the purpose that you want to use your bike. You want, if you have a mountain bike, those are good for hills, however, if you live in a flat area, a street bike or a commuter bike just like this one would be perfect. Parents, if you're going to ride along the street with your children, make sure that they know that just like any other motorist, they need to follow the rules of the road. Another very important tip is to have them learn the hand signals. When you are going to make a right turn, you want to lift up your left arm in a 90 degree angle. When you're going to make a left turn, bring your left arm to the side and when you're going to stop, just bring your arm again at a 90 degree angle, fingers facing down. Right turn, left turn, and stop. Next thing you're going to look at is where you're going to ride your bike. You can ride either along the street or along a bike trail. You want to make sure you know what to expect so you can either go on a website and see what the bike trail looks like or you can do a walk through with your parents. If you're going to ride on the road, make sure you avoid any cracks on the pavement. This can cause you to lose control of your bicycle. Parents, I suggest riding with your children a couple times along a guided path that way you know where they're going to be riding and they feel comfortable with their trail. Children, you want to avoid cycling by yourself so go ahead and find a bike buddy. This will make the ride a lot more safe plus it will make it a lot more fun as well. I hope you've enjoyed these cycling tips for a fun and safe ride.

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