Wednesday, October 5 is International Walk to School Day! We homeschool so I can’t really commit to walking to school (well, I could but that wouldn’t be very fair, now would it?) But I have determined to walk/bike/stroller to all of our local errands (under 1 mile) starting this week and hopefully throughout the month of October (weather permitting). Here’s why:
I had back surgery last August to fix a disk I ruptured sneezing of all things. The one thing my surgeon said I should do to keep my lower back strong was to walk. He suggested walking up to two miles at a time a few times a week. While I was really diligent about walking in the weeks and months after my surgery (I even walked a half marathon with some great friends from high school 8 short weeks after my surgery!), winter soon set in and I became one big slacker. Walking is great way to reduce lower back pain, and I need to get back on the bandwagon!
Walking boosts your gas mileage and helps keep the air clean! Duh… But really, the more short errands you run in your car, the worse your gas mileage. The air in Iowa is bad enough without us adding to it because we’re too lazy to walk to our close errands. I have several errand locations within a mile of my house that I can walk to: the library, the post office, the local grocery store, my daughters’ piano and dance lessons. We’ll walk in October instead of drive to complete these errands.
Finally, one of my kids’ favorite books is The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore). In the book, the Berenstain Bears recommend that you walk in style for errands under a mile! My kids are experts at regurgitating that little ditty to me…whether I like it or not!
Are you with me? Can you commit to walking to school on October 5th? Or, walking to one or two errands if you homeschool or don’t have kids??? Leave me a comment to tell me where you’re walking on October 5th!!