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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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