It’s taken for granted that Americans don’t walk anymore. Well, at least we don’t walk like we used to. Blame it on cars, blame it on laziness, blame it on sheer refusal to do exercise of ANY sort – whatever the causes are, the fact remains: when getting from point A to point B, we’d rather do anything but walk.
All Those Modern Health Inconveniences
This includes children, who stand to gain great benefits from vigorous daily walking. How much do we walk compared with our ancestors? Victorian-era manual laborers, admittedly a hardy lot and forced to walk frequently, put in 6 miles a day, easily.
Modern-day walkers in America are usually limited to fanatical exercisers and isolated rural communities. The Amish, a conservative Protestant group with significant populations in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, average around 17,000 steps per day. That’s at least 10,000 more than the average American.
Walk to School Day – Encouraging Kids to Walk More
There seems to be no solution to this exercise epidemic, although the solution is actually fairly easy. And thanks to the International Walk to School Day , children around the globe have a reason to skip the bus.
IWTSD started in 1997 as a one-day occasion, but has since grown to include the entire month of October. So in a way, “Walk to School Day” could also be called “Walk to School Month.” Thousands of U.S. school districts join in every October, and 2015 expects to include the most participants to date.
Walk to School Day is just one way to encourage fitness & wellness for children. Simply walking more has tremendous, long-lasting health benefits, including lower rates of metabolic syndrome, better hormonal balance, less overall inflammation, and superior weight control.
If your school doesn’t participate, talk to administrators & teachers to encourage participation – who knows, you might be the catalyst for positive lifestyle habits and better health for your community.
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