Why you should walk to school
It’s not always possible to walk to school if you live a fair distance away, but one thing I’ve noticed from chatting to other mums is that a lot of folks do “the school run” in the car, even if the nursery or school is under a mile away. In fact, according to Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, one in four cars on the roads during peak times is on the school run and the amount of people walking to school has dropped from 70% to under 50% in the last generation.
15 Benefits of Walking to SchoolThere are some serious benefits to walking with our children and one of the simplest ways to have a daily walk is to walk to school.
- It raises activity levels in a natural way.
- It normalizes regular, daily walking as part of a healthy lifestyle and creates healthy habits.
- It improves mental health.
- It can ease traffic congestion, so those who need to drive can get where they’re going easier.
- It reduces air pollution and can have serious benefits for the environment.
- It reduces fuel consumption, which has a knock on effect for the environment too.
- It strengthens friendships and communities, as people can walk together.
- Exercise has been shown to calm children down and help concentration before a day of schoolwork. Walking to school can increase grades!
- It teaches road safety and awareness.
- It helps children to be more aware of their surroundings and notice things they wouldn’t otherwise – like trees, birds or fun buildings.
- It gives you time to chat to your children as you walk.
- Children who skip, hop, jump and play games whilst walking increase their balance, co-ordination and physical confidence, without even realizing it!
- It improves congestion at school gates, which can be a dangerous traffic situation for children.
- It’s the most cost effective way for you to travel.
- It teaches kids how to dress warmly in the winter and wear waterproofs in the rain.