in the classroom they were more alert, mature and confident, while also displaying higher levels of engagement
Walking to school could benefit healthy children
For families who are fortunate enough to live close to their children's school, walking to and from the classroom everyday can have its advantages.
Not only does it give you and your youngsters some fresh air, but also encourages exercise to be integrated into an everyday routine.
Children will often prefer to sit in front of the TV or a computer game than enjoy the great outdoors, so walking to school is a great way to make sure they can get away from the screen.
Exercise is, after all, important to overall wellbeing – there are also other ways to support general health and wellbeing by giving your child vitamin supplements such as Kids Smart Complete.
The product has been formulated with children in mind by combining fish oil with multivitamins to ensure kids have the best possible start to their day.
Once your offspring are ready and raring to go, it's time to grab their school bags and walk them to the gate.
A study from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has shown that boys generally have a better grasp of road safety than girls, but are less likely to actually obey the rules.
More than 800 primary school students aged between eight and 12 from across Victoria were involved in the research, and just 25 per cent of them said they regularly walked to school.
A total of 15 per cent walked five days a week, compared to nine per cent doing so on three or four days.
Of those who did walk to school, 94 per cent of boys and 91 per cent of girls said they were aware of road safety rules.
ACER research fellow Catherine Underwood, who undertook the study, said that encouraging youngsters to get out and about in their neighbourhood increases their knowledge of the local area.
Not only this, but it was also found to have a positive impact on their academic performance and overall health – school principals questioned said that children who commute to school are more physically active in the playground.
Meanwhile, in the classroom they were more alert, mature and confident, while also displaying higher levels of engagement.
Ms Underwood commented: "Research has shown that physical activity such as walking to school has a positive life-long impact on children, including greater cognitive, intellectual and social skills.
"More specifically, studies have found physical activity increases students' ability to pay attention, be alert and concentrate in class which in turn enhances academic performance."