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How Cycling Plays An Important Role In Childhood Development

How Cycling Plays An Important Role In Childhood Development

Cycling plays an important role in over all growth of your kid. Right from gaining strength to decision making ability, cycling nutures over all kid development. Not only does it help them grow physically, but it also allows for them to grow mentally and emotionally. The only thing you, as parents, need to do is to create a safe atmosphere for them to explore. However, once you have them wearing the protective bike gear for kids, let them go off and learn more about their surroundings. You will love the blossoming you see right before your eyes.

Cycling Gets Kids Outside

Getting outdoors is wonderful for children. They get natural sunlight, which gives them Vitamin D, and they get a lot of fresh air, which allows them to get good sleep at night. The better sleep they get, the healthier they are and the more their body will be able to grow. Cycling around allows for them to learn the lay of the land, and be comfortable in their surroundings. This is especially good should they find themselves needing you for something, as they should promptly know the quickest route home by memory. Let them spend time outdoors when the weather is nice, and allow them to go off on their own from time to time. Just make sure they know to check in at the right times, and make sure that kids should have protective bike gear to ensure they are safe, no matter the weather.

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Wearing Proper Bike Clothing Helps Keep Kids Safe

Cycle clothing is different for children than it is for adults. Children fall down more often, so there are often more safety features put into the clothing they wear when out and about. The knees of the pants are often more reinforced, as are the wrists and elbows of their attire. This allows for the bike protective gear to help keep their skin intact should they happen to fall down or slide on the gravel. The last thing you want is for your child to fall down and not be able to safely get back home for you to check up on. Most cycle clothing for kids also has built-in areas where pads can safely fit on top of the clothing, so it will not slide or inhibit your child in any way while they are cycling.

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Cycling Offers Emotional Benefits to Kids

An increase in self-confidence is another way how cycling is beneficial for health. It allows the child to become more aware of his or her body, and feel less intimidated by their surroundings and peers. The more cycling they are able to do, the more comfortable they are in their neighborhood, and the more people they are more apt to interact with. This gives them a boost of confidence should they end up in a situation where they feel unsure about what options to take, as they will know multiple route home to safety.

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The Health Benefits of Getting Kids Cycling

Cycling also allows for the child to get, or remain, fit. The body gets a solid workout when cycling, allowing for the child to use up excess calories, and increase his or her muscles. The more active the child is with cycling, the less likely he or she is to eat junk food during boring times at home, because there will be less time of boredom. Cycling is a great cardio workout so it can help keep your child in shape for school or sports, and having a fit body also gives the child an extra boost with self-confidence.

Children should be actively playing outdoors on a regular basis, but playing in the yard can get old. Allowing your children to go off cycling and enjoying time away from home allows them to grow on all levels. Mentally, they are focusing on their surroundings, emotionally they are connecting with their body, and physically they are getting leaner and healthier with each trip out. You just need to go through and get them wearing the proper cycling clothing so that should they slip and get hurt, the injuries are minimal. Also, make sure you send your children out with helmets for their rides, as a head injury is often easily avoidable by this simple piece of cycling equipment.

Featured photo credit: Spinbaby.com via spinbaby.com.au

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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