There are few better feelings than pedaling through nature, feeling the wind on your face, and getting into a flow state. Riding a bike is considered a societal norm in many countries and children usually learn this skill by the age of six to seven years. However, many children with exceptionalities are rarely given the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to ride a two-wheel bicycle. In fact, less than 10% of children with Down syndrome who are 8-15 years of age can ride a two-wheel bicycle. Thus, it's time AFA fulfills our mission by expanding opportunities for these individuals, so they too can reap the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of biking.
Biking has been proven to have an abundance of benefits for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental exceptionalities. For example, research has demonstrated an increase in physical balance, focus, leg strength, endurance, and improved motor skills. However, biking is much more than physical activity as there are many proven social-emotional advantages such as gaining independence, building confidence, improving communication, and developing stronger coping skills.
Furthermore, One of the more unique findings when biking is the activation of the bonding hormone. This hormone increases feelings of empathy and connectedness. In addition to this, cycling triggers a state of 'flow'. Flow is the total absorption in the task at hand. When in a flow state while cycling, bikers receive similar benefits of meditation, leaving them feeling serene and closer to their fellow riders. This is why learning to ride a bike is so important even if failures and difficulties are inevitable throughout the process. By supporting each other, and receiving support in return, our athletes are able to empathize and make lasting relationships through our Adventure Biking programs. Let's use bikes to spread inclusivity across the world.
So apply today so your adventure athlete can learn to ride a bike, lvl up their skills, and then BLAST!
Adventure For All is proud to announce three new biking programs for 2023: