Six benefits of walking to school this 'Walk to School Week'

17-05-2021

May is national walking month and we're shining a spotlight on this simple, free and easy way to get more active.

Thousands of children will take place in the annual week-long celebration during 'walk to school week' which takes place 17-21 May 2021. The week is hosted by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. Find out how your school or children can get involved here.

Walking to school is a great way to get kids more active easily. 

Active travel, such a walking or riding a bike has loads of benefits. Here are just a few...

1.) It builds exercise into your daily routine. It is recommended that 5 – 18 year olds get 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise every day and your daily walking commute can count towards this.

2.) Walking at a brisk pace is good for physical health, it can help you maintain a healthy weight, keeps muscles and bones healthy and can increase your cardiovascular fitness.

3.) It is good for the environment. Short car journeys, like travelling to school, create the most pollution. For an average primary school journey (and back) cars release 84 balloons worth of CO2 into the atmosphere

4.) There is a positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance. Walking to school can increase the concentration of children by up to four hours and teachers have reported that children who walk to school are more relaxed, alert, and ready to start the school day.

5.) It is good for mental health and wellbeing. Just 15 minutes of exercise can boost as child’s mood, increase energy and self-esteem as well as lowering stress and anxiety.

6.) It increases awareness of road safety. Children who develop good road safety in primary (through thew life experience of walking to school) are better equipped for the transition to secondary school.

Find out more about walking on the outdoor activities section of our website.