The daily journey to and from school can be a great way to integrate physical activity into everyday life. Starting positive physical activity behaviours from a young age is important as we know that active children are more likely to become active adults.
Walking or cycling to school also energises children so that they arrive at school ready to work.
Active travel to school helps to increase activity levels and research has shown that those who walk to school are more active in general throughout the day. As well as having physical benefits walking or cycling to school also energises children so that they arrive at school ready to work.
Making the school journey more active provides children and young people with opportunities to develop their independence.
Top tips from Loughborough experts for increasing active travel to school
- Integrate walking, cycling or scooting into everyday life – make physical activity a habit.
- Start small – nominate one day a week as the ‘Walk/Cycle to School day’ and build up from there.
- Plan routes to school with your child and identify places of interest, friends’ houses etc along the way.
- Find a walking buddy – does your child have a friend they could walk/cycle to school with?
- Speak to your school – encourage them to provide secure cycle/scooter storage.