Today is National Take a Walk in the Park Day, so what better excuse to get out of the house and motivate your kids to get some exercise, too! There are many benefits to exercising with your children, and walking is an easy way to get your kids outside in the fresh air. Read more about the benefits of walking:
- Walking relieves stress and improves concentration. Their time spent exercising outside will translate into your children being more alert and ready to learn in the classroom. Studies show that children who get regular exercise are calmer and perform better academically.
- Walking outside also gives your children more opportunity to learn about the world around them. When active, children are more likely to ask questions. When walking outside, you can choose to explore neighborhoods, parks, or other places you haven’t been to before.
- This is a valuable time for your child to be sociable and learn new things. You can take this time to teach them about road safety, nature, or any other discoveries they may come across. You may even learn something new, too!
- Lack of physical activity is one of the leading causes of childhood obesity. By making walking a regular routine for you and your children, you are promoting a healthy lifestyle, something that they will carry through the rest of their lives. Exercising regularly can help maintain weight and blood pressure control, and helps keep bones and muscles strong.
- Getting your blood flowing and heart pumping also reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart diseases. Regular exercise can even help to boost your children’s’ mood and self-esteem!
- Walking is a fun (and free!) activity that you can do with your children almost anywhere. We hope you take this day to enjoy the outdoors and help to motivate a healthy lifestyle for you and your kids. Just don’t forget to apply sunscreen!