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Walk to School - it is a great way to start the day

Saturday October 28, 2017 at 8:03am
Exercise with your children walk to school

As everyone settles back into the routine of the school term, it is difficult to remember the activities and excitement of the summer holidays. For many of us, the time constraints of everyday life means something has to give…and this can often be exercise.  

As we are immersed into the age of technology it is becoming increasingly difficult to engage with our youngsters and entice them away from their screens in order to participate in exercise. It is often the case that one of the easiest types of exercise that can be missed; the walk to school. The rush in the mornings can make driving to school look like less of a hassle. However, in a recent study, shockingly under 50% reported walking to school compared to over 70% a generation ago.

The steps that count!

It is more important than ever to get the 10,000 step count in, and it can be as easy as starting your day with a simple walk to school. This not only will help with keeping your child active, but also prepare the brain for a successful day of learning.

Different schools run different schemes to engage you into walking to school but here are some simple tricks to get you started:

  1. Park a little way from the school, so you have at least a 10-minute walk from the car
  2. Leave a little earlier to have the time to walk to school
  3. Group together and take in turns with other parents to accompany children to school if you are struggling for time  

Why not try Walking School Bus - it is fun!

New schemes are always being created, however one for you to try in the walk to school month is a tried and tested method in many neighbourhoods called the Walking School Bus.

This is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It could simply start as you and another family you know interested in walking to school. Use a structured route with meeting points and use a rotation of adults to accompany the children. It is similar to a carpool-without the car-and with the added benefit of exercise and friends and neighbours coming together.

  1. Invite families who live nearby to walk
  2. Pick a route and test it
  3. Decide how often you will meet and which parents will supervise on which days

Routine like walking to school can help your children grow up understanding the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle with exercise that will stand them in good stead as they grow up. So, give walking to school a go to really feel those benefits.  

If you have any questions about health, well-being, diet, exercise or posture please contact us and our professional team will be happy to help.


Read our previous blogs about exercise:

More great ideas for getting your Weekly Exercise

The benefits of exercise and how to get started!

Improve your Health – it is easier than you think


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