It’s Walk to School Week and if you are getting involved in the campaign by walking your kids to school then congratulations. Last year 400,000 children and their families got involved in the Living Streets campaign and got to sample the benefits of walking.
With back pain on the rise in children and young people our chiropractors at our busy Ealing chiropractic clinic are right behind any campaigns that will help increase the amount of activity children do (along with adults).
Walking is a great way to stay active and is not only good for the back. Walking done regularly with a degree of exertion can help to maintain weight and reduce the risk of serious conditions such as heart conditions, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
The Living Streets campaign not only focuses on the health benefits such as healthier bodies and happier minds it also focuses on the reduction in the number of cars at school gates and less air pollution. Another benefit it highlights of walking to school is the time to chat with family and friends.
According to Living Streets 70% of children walked to school one generation ago this number is now halved.
With ever busy lives it may seem impossible to think about spending time walking your children to school, however, with a little planning it’s surprising what can be achieved. Why not try a mini challenge for 5 days for example. Or if you have a long drive to school why not park 10 minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
With back pain on the rise in children and young people our chiropractors cannot stress enough the importance of exercise in your children’s daily routine to keep their backs healthy.