Many children are not getting enough exercise, which is one of the reasons that childhood obesity has become a problem in recent years. Parents often don’t do much exercise themselves and so don’t bother to encourage their children to exercise either. They won’t go the park to play with them; nor will they let their children go out to play on their own, because of the dangerous roads and the fear of strangers. Consequently, many children spend their free time sitting around playing computer games, which doesn’t exactly get them to expend much energy.
Therefore, if you’re looking to increase the amount of exercise your child does you should perhaps consider walking with him to school, as that way you can both get some exercise. Walking is a great activity to do, as you simply put one foot in front of the other until you reach your destination and you don’t have to wear any special clothing to do it or worry about becoming all sweaty and out of breath. Thus, you should be able to fit a morning walk into your schedule without too many problems and it may even be quicker for you as you are able to avoid the rush hour traffic.
You don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to drop your child off or not making it to school on time because of the traffic jams and so you can relax. Indeed, walking can be a rather relaxing activity, anyway, as it helps you to de-stress and leaves you feeling energised and alert. This is obviously a good thing when your child is going to spend most of the day stuck in a classroom trying to learn.
Walking not only benefits your mental health and your child’s; it can also help you and your child remain slim by getting you to burn more calories. By walking regularly the chances of developing heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoarthritis are reduced. Walking is a low impact activity that doesn’t put too much pressure on your joints and because it is a weight bearing activity it can also help to strengthen your bones, which is particularly important for children whose bones are obviously still developing.
By walking your child to school you also have an opportunity to talk with him and ask him about school, which is important when you often don’t get to spend as much time with your child as you’d like. Thus, it may be worth leaving the car at home for a change so you can accompany your child to school on foot.