Balance Bikes and Core Strength in Children
In a more in depth look at core strength, doctors and scientists have uncovered an important link between core strength and†balance.††In fact, core strength and balance seem to have a symbiotic relationship; you need to have one to have the other. So, when do balance and core strength really begin to affect our lives?
As parents we all know how beneficial core strength is.†
When we are children.
sit, crawl, pull up on furniture and finally walk takes a great deal of muscle
strength and balance for a young child.†
You will see your child struggling to build her stomach muscles in order
to hold a sitting position, or wobbling back and forth in her early days of
walking to gain balance.†
Experienced athletic trainers have worked with adults who have core strength and balance equal to that of a 4 year old!† How can you be sure that your child grows to improve her skills?† In addition to encouraging your child to play outdoors, run around with friends and try out a sampling of sports, a great tool to engage your child's core and strength balance skills is the balance bike.†
A balance bike is a two-wheeled, pedal free bike that sits low to the ground. Children sit on the bike and stride with a running motion to move the bike along.† Just weeks after starting, children are able to lift their feet off the ground and balance as they move forward. They build core strength† through balance and vice versa, encouraging that symbiotic relationship.† Neurologists are starting to realize that if you don't ‚Äúuse it (balance),‚ÄĚ then you will ‚Äúlose it.‚ÄĚ†† Therefore it is even more critical that children get in the habit of practicing balance and improving core strength.††
Balance bikes are available in either metal or wood, and come in all sorts of original designs.† A balance bike will not only allow your child to grow physically by promoting core strength and balance, but will provide her with hours upon hours of recreational activity and fun.††
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Michaels is the founder of Pedal Free Bikes based in Boulder, CO. Pedal Free Bikes is a balance bike†company offer both wooden and metal versions of these popular toddler bikes.