The Benefits of Walking to School

Considering the array of options there are when it comes to transportation, as well as ease of access, it’s becoming less common for children to walk to school in the mornings. With this in mind, it really is quite a shame considering that there are plenty of benefits which can come from walking to school. In recent years, there have been plenty of studies which back the fact that walking to your destination in the mornings can do wonders for you both mentally and physically.

 

In honour of it being National Walking Month, we’ll take a look at these benefits and why walking in the morning can be so beneficial.

 

The first thing that pops into your mind when it comes to benefits from walking is exercise; opting for a 10-15 minute walk in the morning as opposed to driving/being driven will always be a fantastic option health-wise. It’s incredibly important to make sure that young people are active for at least 60 minutes a day, and walking to/from school could really help their lungs, heart and general health in the long run.

 

Aside from the physical rewards, walking in the mornings can have a great impact on how children actually do while in school. Instead of sitting in the back of a car or bus for 20 minutes, walking will get the blood flowing and make sure they’re more alert and awake at the start of the day. In 2012, the “Mass Experiment” was conducted, putting this very idea to the test, as thousands of children took part to see the correlation between exercise  and concentration. The conclusion was that exercising in the morning can keep concentration levels up for hours, which really is brilliant for a young person.

 

For a child, walking to school with friends can be fantastic and very beneficial, as they’ll be able to speak to their friends along the way, improving communication skills and  confidence. A concept that’s recently taken off is the walking bus, where students are able to walk together. Walking on your own can be a great thing as well; you can enjoy the scenery and be able to think. delete with Many great writers cite frequent walks as a fantastic way to get the creativity flowing, as well as helping to promote a sense of freedom.

 

Did you walk to school when you were younger? Do you encourage your children to walk to school? Feel free to let us know!

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Mike Hutchins

Mike Hutchins is the founder of Good Morning Children, an on-line company that provides engaging and mentally stimulating resources for primary school children of all ages. Mike started Good Morning Children in 2006 with the aim of the company being to help children develop key thinking and reasoning skills. His qualifications include B.Sc (Engineering) and a PGCE in primary education.

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