Heel Toe Express: Walking for Kids
We live in a time where more kids are being driven to school. The lack of exercise could have a big impact on a child’s life. October 8th is “International Walk to School Day,” and the day is meant to increase awareness about the many benefits of walking to school. Hopefully the whole month of October will become “Walk to School Month”
Walking provides daily exercise and helps get kids outdoors. Kids aren’t spending enough time outside these days. A few minutes of walking outside can provide inspiration. Obesity rates have raised in North America, so incorporating physical activity into a child’s routine is a good place to start fighting obesity.
Walking is known to improve academic performance. Students are more ready to learn if they have walked to school. It may help to reduce the anxiety in children if they know a route home.
Walking is good life experience for kids. It gives the kids a chance to think responsibly, be independent, and make decisions for themselves.
Instead of driving to school another option is the “walking school bus” where parents take turns collecting the young children from their homes and accompanying them to school.
“Footsteps in history aren’t made sitting down.”