In the past children used to walk their way to school and back and they also used to go outside and play all day long when possible. Nowadays things have changed, all the technology that grew happens to have, sometimes, a bad impact on children`s health. Video games, web sites, tablets, laptops and many more keep kids occupied, lacking physical activity.
So, it`s about time parents and caregivers need to learn more about these issues and encourage kids to step outside and move up in order to be healthy and happy.
“It may sound boring to some, but walking is one of the best forms of exercise that kids can get. It's especially helpful for children who don't enjoy extreme physical exertion or competitive games.
Walking is a very general term - it can range from a peaceful stroll through the local park to hiking up a mountain. Kids as young as 2 can go out for a simple walk with mom or dad, but you should probably hold off on hiking until the kids are 5 or 6. Either way, it's a great opportunity to see the world, get in touch with nature, and stay in shape!
Here are some of the benefits that your child will get from walking:
· Leg strength
· Weight control
· Social benefits
· Feeling of freedom
· Environmental awareness
· Family bonding”
Sources: National Center for Bicycling and Walking; www.parents.com