It is one of the simplest things you can incorporate into your schedule, yet
the benefits of going for a daily walk are astonishing.
Moreover, it is an activity that requires no uniform, training, or
professional guidance. So as much as we should prioritize it for ourselves,
introducing our children to the benefits of walking is essential.
Everyone should prioritize it, from boosting mental and physical health to
building healthy habits through bonding time. So put on those sneakers or
and get moving.
Before You Set Off
It might feel like common sense, but when rushing out of the door, it is easy
to forget some simple and ordinary things you need before you set off. It is
not always possible to fully predict what your walk might encounter, so ensure
your child is wearing comfortable and supportive shoes, and apply sunscreen
and a hat if it is a sunny day outside. Moreover, if you live in an area prone
to unpredictable weather, don’t forget a rain jacket or umbrella.
Away from Screens
Probably one of the most apparent benefits of walking is the simple fact you
will be outside, away from all the technological lures of indoors. We live in
a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on technology throughout the
day. Many psychological research studies have proven that prolonged periods in
front of screens can negatively affect our physical and mental health.
Detaching from the online world and engaging in the real world can also reduce
feelings of isolation and loneliness. Children are in the stage of their lives
where learning is a prime feature of their daily activities. And there are
many things a computer screen can’t teach you.
If you hold a regular desk job, you will know firsthand how difficult it can
be to get movement into your day if you remain sedentary for most of it. The
same can happen to your kids if you don’t prioritize time to head outside and
get some steps in.
Walking has been proven to be one of the best forms of exercise
for your heart health and can go a long way to helping prevent weight issues
and joint problems later on in life.
So not only will you be spending some quality time with children out in the
sun, you will be actively contributing to maintaining the health of your
entire family. Additionally, allowing your children to be exposed to the
outside world will help to build and maintain their immune systems, further
protecting their general health.
Walking is the perfect activity if you are struggling to find time to spend
with your kids during the day or are simply looking for another way to bond with them. Children thrive on human interaction, and putting time aside for them is
The sunshine and fresh air are excellent mood boosters and will allow you to
reconnect with minimal distractions. Alternatively, going for walks with
friends will give your children the same experiences in a fun and creative
environment. Plus, a playdate outside will mean less mess and chaos to clean
up at home.
As a parent, you want your children to create healthy habits that will serve
them for a lifetime. But approaching this topic constructively and
beneficially might be difficult. By revamping an everyday afternoon walk into
something fun and an adventure you will do together, you are helping to build
healthy routines without them even realizing it.
Children are notorious for being defiant if they feel like they are being
forced to do something they don’t want to do. However, if they perceive it as
something they want to do, they will be more inclined to stick with it, and
soon, it will become second nature.
Mental Health Boost
We have all heard the advice before. When you feel like things are getting
overwhelming, the best idea is to go for a walk, to allow yourself a moment to
calm down and clear your head. Children feel the same emotions as adults, so
using the same techniques will be just as effective for them as it would be
Along with boosting mental health, walking is also known to help fight
insomnia amongst adults and children, allowing your little one to get their
much-needed sleep at night. It is also an excellent way to burn off any
lasting energy that could be preventing them from settling.
As mentioned before, the best way to introduce walking to your children is to
present it as something they are allowed to do and not as a chore they have to
do. A simple way of doing this is to incorporate playtime into the activity.
Going on a walk provides the ideal environment to get out and explore the
world around you. Picking different places and environments exposes your
children to opportunities that allow for their imaginations to take
Additionally, you can use your time out on walks as a way to educate your
children on different plants and animals you may encounter while out. Again,
adding a visual representation will help your child retain the information
better and also make the overall learning experience more enjoyable.