I’m looking forward to walk to school day. I have three kids – two teenagers and one 10 year old. I walk the 10 year old to school most days; the teens start earlier (7:30 am!) so they don’t walk as often but I think I’m going to try to get them up and at ‘em on October 8 for National Walk to School Day. I’m going to have to sell them on the idea; teens like their sleep. But I think I’ve come up with some compelling reasons…
- It’s good exercise! And research shows that just one of four teens get enough exercise.
- Exercise helps you think better. Studies indicate that teens who exercise regularly get better grades.
- Exercise is good for your skin – it boosts circulation and the delivery of nutrients to your skin.
- Exercise reduces stress and reduces depression; again studies bear out this assertion.
- When you walk to school you increase the odds of running into other teens. Finding a walking buddy can help start a good habit
These reasons are just as good for the younger kids and with younger kids, kids who will still walk with mom or dad, I could add a few more benefits…
- It’s extra time with a parent when you can talk and catch up on daily events.
- As a parent you get to know the neighborhood in a new way. Are there corners you might want them to avoid.
- You can model good behavior; stop for the lights, say hello to neighbors, talk about how to react to strangers.
- The parent also experiences the top five benefits above.