10 Benefits Of Walking Your Children To SchoolSeptember 3, 2019 • Get Outdoors
Back to school is in full swing so we thought it was a good time to talk about why walking your children to school is a great idea.
Physical activity is a brilliant way to start your morning strong. Here at Muddy Puddles, we like mixing duty with pleasure and we believe that walking to school is both fun and beneficial for the whole family. It’s also a fantastic way for you and your children to stay healthy, active and happy. Read on to find out why.
1) It’s healthy
Walking to school is a great form of exercise for you and your children. It reduces the risk of obesity and heart disease, improves mood and generally does wonders for your young adventurer’s health.
2) It’s fun
Walking to school is much more interesting than driving. Your children will spot lots of interesting things on their way to school and will get more familiar with the neighbourhood. Plus, what better than some puddle splashing on a rainy day before a long day of classes?
3) It’s good for the planet
Swapping driving for walking is a perfect way to reduce CO2 emissions. Walking to school even once or twice a week already makes a difference – good for you, good for the planet.
4) It helps children learn
Walking is great for mental health. It reduces stress and helps your little explorers start the day with a calm mind. If you think your children spend too much time in front of a screen, walking to school is a fantastic idea as it means being technology free at least for a little while. Plus, physical activity helps your children learn and boosts their performance in class. After a good walk, they will arrive to school refreshed and happy.
5) Family time
Some quality time spent with your children on the way to school is a great start to the day. Taking a walk with them in the morning will help you focus only on them and help you feel closer as a family.
6) No more getting stuck in traffic
Nothing’s more stressful than getting stuck in traffic, especially when you’re in a rush in the morning. Swap your car for a pair of comfortable shoes and enjoy your morning walk as a family.
7) No more hunting for a parking space
No more driving means no more hunting for a parking space – what a relief! A big part of the morning rush hour traffic is caused by the school run.
8) It’s for everyone
It’s never too early or too late to start walking to school. It’s also for everyone – no special or expensive equipment is needed. A pair of comfortable shoes and a waterproof jacket and wellies in case of a sudden rain are enough.
9) It’s character-building
Walking to school makes your children feel more independent and in control. It teaches them basic navigational skills and helps them feel more confident. Before allowing your children to walk to school on their own, make sure they’re ready and have all the required road safety skills.
10) It’s good for your wallet
Driving less is a great way to save money on petrol – up to £300 a year! Another good reason to start walking to school.