The mornings in any house where there are children can be chaos: breakfast, teeth, clothes, backpack ... We are always in a hurry and, for that reason, sometimes, parents take the easiest way: to catch the car or public transport to get to school before the door closes. What if I told you that you should readjust your time to change the way you get to school? And all for the benefit of your little ones! These are the 6 reasons why children should walk to school.
Where is your children's school located? Do you have it relatively close to your house to walk to it? If you have answered yes to these two questions, leave the car at home, find your most comfortable footwear because this year, the children are walking to school!
We may like the idea at first, but we can assure you that everything is beneficial for them from a physical and psychological point of view. Attentive! Walking to school ...
1. Increase self-esteem
Exercising improves your mood and lowers your risk of anxiety or depression. Surely they are diseases that you never think that your children are going to have them, but it never hurts to prevent with this type of action.
2. Prevents obesity
Overweight and obesity are just two of the consequences of the sedentary life that children are leading today due to the lack of physical activity, but also to the new habits acquired: they no longer go down to play in the park but rather they stay at home glued to the television or hooked to the game console. What if we turn this trend around?
3. Reduces cardiovascular risk
It doesn't matter how you get to your destination, you can use the bike, go rollerblading, jumping, running, walking, but if you sign up to leave the car at home and go to school through one of these options you will be increasing muscle tone and improving the stability of the little ones, which is associated with better physical fitness.
4. Enrich family relationships
And what to say that it will be a time to tell you your fears and concerns, also to confess the odd little secret and, deep down, get to know you a little better and share the desired quality time.
5. Promotes care for the environment
By not using your car, you will be helping to reduce the emission of Co2 and, therefore, both children and adults will be breathing less polluted air, not to mention the benefits it will have for the environment. You will do your bit to have a better and greener world!
6. Improves concentration
Children (at least my daughter) have a hard time concentrating when they start to do their homework or study some of the subjects. Through exercise, miracles are not achieved, but it is proven that cognitive abilities are improved, blood flow to the brain is favored and new neural connections are created.
And, to finish, we give you some information that is very interesting. Walking a kilometer a day involves doing up to 2/3 of the recommended physical activity for children, something that is great especially for those kids who, for example, do not do any extracurricular activities related to movement.
If at the end you dare and throughout the school year you commit to walking to school, what you will achieve, in addition to everything described above, is that the resistance of the child's lumbar spine improves by 11%, which increases their flexibility by a 8%, which increases the balance by 69% and, finally, that your cardio-circulatory fitness reaches 13%.
Now that you have made the decision to opt for this healthy habit, we are going to tell you how to make the journey fun and make it the most desired time of day for your children.
- Sing songs
It is a very fun, simple and practical tool for children to start memorizing, since the songs usually have easy to remember word games. In addition, surely they learn many in school that in your time did not exist. They will be excited to take the lead!
- Tell a story
But it is not about you telling a story and others listening. Here your little ones should also get involved and participate. For this, you start the story and then they have to continue for you to put the final touch on it. What does that sound like?
- I see I see
It is the game that I remember the most from my childhood and that I practice the most with my daughters whenever I can. It consists of observing something that crosses your path and that the rest try to guess. You can put your own rules, for example, it has to be something that starts with the letter M.
I don't know about yours, but mine love the mystery behind telling a riddle. Why not practice in that little while until school? Here are some ideas: 'Even though I'm not a florist, I work with flowers, and no matter how hard the man resists me, he snatches the fruit of my labors' or' Do you want tea? Well, have some tea! Do you already know what fruit it is? '
- Practice tongue twisters
Here's a way to improve children's diction without them even noticing. Do you accept the challenge? Let's start with a simple and very popular tongue twister! 'Pablito nailed a nail. What little nail did Pablito nail? '
- Chained words
Without a doubt, one of the favorite activities of children when they begin to increase their vocabulary. Sure you know what it is, but it does not hurt to review it. You say a word, for example, Luna, and the next player has to say another that begins with the last letter of the previous one, in this case with A, and so on until you get to school. How many words have you managed to chain?
And you, What games do you use with your children to make the way to school more fun? Share it with us!
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