Walking is the easiest, cheapest, and most accessible form of physical activity and that’s why we think it’s so important to encourage children to do more of it.
One in five boys and one in six girls of primary school-age are classed as physically inactive. This means they’re not undertaking the 60 minutes of physical activity a day that is recommended by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers and contributes to one in three children leaving primary school either overweight or obese - so finding easy, accessible ways for children to get more active is really important.
This Walk to School Week, Living Streets is working to encourage parents and children to swap the school run for a school walk, to reduce physical inactivity and improve health.
We know that walking is not only better for our children than being driven to school, but it also can be quality time spent together and can help to boost a child’s imagination and creativity before the school day begins.
Even a short, brisk walk of just 20 minutes to-and-from school contributes to the recommended 60 minutes a day of exercise and can have fantastic mental and physical health benefits.
This not only improves children’s health, but also that of the parents and carers that are walking with the child, too.