Let’s face it, times for kids (from toddlers to teens) is more stressful than ever, even before COVID-19. But something simple can help kids deal with the daily stress… a walk. Daily walking could help children deal with stress and produce a calmer mind.
Everyone knows that walking can boost your health, but did you know that daily moderate walking can strengthen immunity, improve your mood, prevent back pain, strengthen the muscles that keep the body upright – thus improving posture and prevent losing inches via aging, and even improve eyesight. Strengthened and protected vision occurs when the visual cortex (the part of the brain that processes information sent by the eyes) is stimulated.
What is a Pajama Walk?
As a busy and tired mom with so many demands already on your time, how can you fit in yet another activity? Walking is a great way to start the day. Immediately upon arising and after using the bathroom hit the ground walking with your kids. Before breakfast or shower take a ‘Pajama Walk’. This time of year you can put a coat on little ones, jogging pants, and hoodie on older kids, teens, and yourself. In the spring rain boots and a raincoat and in the summer pajamas that can pass as outerwear. Your normal routine starts after the walk. For kids that are having virtual classes, this is a great way to prepare the brain and body for a day of learning.
Five to Ten is All You Need
A good day to start could be the weekend or a day off, with a 5 or 10-minute walk. If your mornings are too busy, drop the kids off at school and walk around the school or drive to a nearby park. This is especially fun for preschool and toddlers. For grumpy teens, money or other rewards could be a motivation. If mornings are still not an option, an evening walk after dinner could work.
“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates