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Family Health & Fitness Day

Family on a bicycle


Family Health & Fitness Day is a national health and fitness event for families always held the last Saturday in September. This year’s event falls on Saturday, September 24, 2016.


The day’s purpose is obvious, health and fitness. Cycling is great for all the family as it’s a low impact activity. This means it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.


Unlike so many other fitness activities learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for every kid and once you learn, you don’t forget.


It’s fun! The adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors, require special times or places.


Cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness. It’s an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.


The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression


Bike Radar earlier in the year listed 30 reasons why cycling is good for you:


  1. You’ll get there faster
  2. Sleep more deeply
  3. Look younger
  4. Boost your bowels
  5. Increase your brain power
  6. Beat illness
  7. Live longer
  8. Save the planet
  9. Improve your sex life
  10. It’s good breeding
  11. Heal your heart
  12. Your boss will love you
  13. Cycle away from the big C
  14. Lose weight in the saddle
  15. You’ll make more money
  16. Avoid pollution
  17. It means guilt-free snacks
  18. Enjoy healthy family time
  19. Get better at any sport
  20. Make creative breakthroughs
  21. You’re helping others
  22. You can get fit without trying too hard
  23. Boost your bellows
  24. Burn more fat
  25. You’re developing a positive addiction
  26. Get (a legal) high
  27. Make friends and stay healthy
  28. Be happy
  29. Feeling tired? Go for a ride
  30. Spend quality time with your partner