Exercise Bikes For Kids

Now here is a cool thing.

I was just reading about a school in New Jersey  that is looking to get ahold of used exercise bikes.

This is a program for an elementary school that allows those young ones to “get the wiggles out” they say, so that when they have a bit of time or if they can’t go outside because of the weather they can burn off a little of that energy that young people seem to have an endless supply of.

It allows the kids to focus and apparently has a positive affect on acadmics. If you have ever been around an elementary school playground at recess it’s not hard to understand why that might be the case. It stands to reason that when a child has an overwhelming desire to move, concentrating on anything as mundane as school work might be a challenge.

kids at play

Putting upright workout bikes in schools for young children is bound to have another effect as well – helping kids get in the habit of making exercise a part of everyday activities. formalizing movement as part of something more than just a natural outgrowth of the need to move.

Combining a formal exercise activity with an unforced and enjoyable passtime will correlate those things in the young person’s mind so that when they enter adulthood and natural movement is not so much a part of their regular activities, the idea of exercising as a part of a healthy lifestyle is less likely to be seen as a chore to be endured and more as a pleasure to be enjoyed.

With luck this will translate into a healthy relationship with movement expressed in a pass time such as running or biking, either on the road or on trails.

As so many of us know, once we reach the point where it becomes obvious that the routine of our ordinary day to day lives don’t permit much exercise so we will actually have to schedule a time for it, it has become a foreign practice, one that we have grown out of like with. Though handled correctly exercise can become a bright spot in a tiring day, the fact is that most of the time it is something that we have to jam into a too tight schedule. And making room for something that there really isn’t room for rarely equates with having a good time.

When we have our lives situated one way, trying to change is alway difficult. Even if our routine involves something as simple as making time for tv shows that we don’t really care that much about, it is part of our routine. And routines are hard to change. They are comfortable. That is why making exercise part of our day is so difficult.

So I applaud any schools that want to take steps like this one is. The best way to get in shape is to stay in shape. Anything schools can do to make this a reality by starting with youths is a positive thing.

Enough About Them

The truth is that none of the people reading this is ever likely to be in the olympics, or the world cup, or the NFL for that matter.  Heck, most will never compete in a local 5k, much less have designs on winning one. Admit it, you are far too fond of spending time at the beach with a good book.

But even for you there is a solution. While you are not likely to do much physically when you are at the beach bar an occasional sally into the water, you still have to actually get to the beach. And that’s your chance to join the ranks of the at least marginally physically fit.

Perhaps in days gone by you had designs on owning one of those many speed road racer bikes and getting out for long sweaty fitness inducing rides through the country. Then reality set in and you realized that that was never likely to happen. And along the way you gave up on the idea of ever using a bicycle as a tool for getting in shape. That’s a shame.

bike to the beachWhile you will never likely go back to the days when being a road racer seemed like a good idea, there are bikes that are probably a perfect fit for the new laid back you. I’m talking about beach cruiser bicycles (follow the link for more information on beach cruisers).

You don’t necessarily have to give up on your dreams of world domination. Cruiser bikes are a version of the hybrid bicycles that are becoming popular these days. While certainly more laid back than hybrid road bikes or mountain bikes, you can still find cruiser bicycles that have many gears. So if the mood strikes you you can bomb your way to the beach like you were young again. At least if the beach isn’t too far away…

But if you have cast aside those dreams, that’s okay. You can get a beach cruise that only has one speed. A nice simple durable bike just like the first ones you had before all the new fangled technology got in the way of a nice ride. And it’s not as if taking a leisurely ride down the road has no utility as far as improving your fitness goes. In fact, more and more professional tell-you-what-to-do types are admitting that any level of effort has positive affects on your well being.

Other components of well being are a good diet and – you’ll like this – relaxation, with the addition of a cruiser bike to your regimen you will be killing two health promoting  activities with one proverbial stone. Throw a book in the basket that looks so good on that fat tire bike and would never have gone on your road racer, bike on down to the beach and relax in the sun with a good tale. Fitness and fun all wrapped up in one colorful package.

The Splendor of Competition

rings

It’s time once again for the Olympics. That spectator sport that we not only watch for the drama it contains, but to admire the dedication of the athletes who have been gifted with the physical and mental attributes that allow them to rise to the very top of their respective areas.

It may be that the mental toughness involved is more impressive than the physical ones. For every one of the athletes that compete at a venue like the olympics there are ten or a hundred more that probably have the raw physical abilities to compete there. But they either never received the right opportunity at the right time to develop, or got a start and just didn’t have what it takes to to reach the highest levels.

Everyone who has tried to stick to anything, a diet or an exercise plan, should have at least a bare glimmering of what it must take to push yourself day after day to achieve a far off goal. Perhaps the next time we attempt it we can think back to this Olympic competition and the admiration we feel, and use that to understand that the discipline it takes to get off the couch, or to push away from the table is only a shadow of the intense will it must take to compete with the best in the world.

Remember, just as you wouldn’t really expect to look like Arnold in his prime, you aren’t expecting to flawlessly execute a diet regimen in the way that a model whose whole livelihood depends on them not gaining weight. Just do the best you can. Have just a slight bit more will and focus.

That will be fine. You can do that.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program

Phelps

Looking Good

When they say beauty comes from within, they are only dissembling a little. There certainly is truth in the saying, because a beautiful smile that comes honestly from within is a very attractive feature.

But there is more to the saying as well, because love of oneself is an important factor when it comes to being willing (or thinking you are deserving of) putting in the effort to take care of yourself. Not taking care for yourself is one of the things that can really begin to show, especially if it goes on for years. Your personality eventually snows itself on your face and more.

Hopefully you are one that understands that you need to stay healthy to be healthy. You need to eat well, you need to care enough about yourself to stay active, however you would best like to do that. So get up tomorrow, eat something healthy and get outside for a bit to do something more than sit in the sun. Move.

And stop back here soon for more.