7 Reasons to Take Your Children for a Walk

By Barbara Danza for The Epoch Times

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You’d be hard pressed to find a simpler activity than walking, but the benefits of doing so with your children are surprisingly complex.

After a family moves past the baby stroller days, the act of going for a walk may tend to happen infrequently at best. We are missing great opportunities, however, by tossing this activity aside. Consider establishing a practice of going for a walk together with your family. You’ll be glad you did.

Take in the Fresh Air

Getting out into the fresh air is a delight if you can take the time to recognize and enjoy it. Whatever the season, dress appropriately, of course, and get out in it. Breathe in and feel the wind, the temperature, and the environment around you.

Open the Lines of Communication

As you take each step, give lots of room for your children to talk to you about their ideas, things happening in their lives, their concerns, their dreams and wishes, their favorite book—anything and everything. Listen intently, as your walk allows for the time and space to do so.

Sharpen Skills of Observation

As you and your family walk, you’ll observe the world at a human pace (as opposed to speedily scrolling through your social media feed, for instance). Encourage your children to be curious, and use all five senses as you notice what’s around you. Consider allowing your children to take pictures or bring along a sketchbook to capture what they find.

Be Truly Present

Revel in the act of being truly present with your family as you walk. Your mind should not be on what has happened in the past or on worrying about what may happen in the future, but on the present moment—when you are enjoying quality time with your loved ones.

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