Take the Healthy Route Back to School
are you getting to and from school?
Walking, biking, using a self-propelled
scooter or even rollerblading between school and home can easily become
part of your exercise program.
Plan your route
Go to MapQuest and fill
in your home address and the name of your school. You can get a good
idea of not only how far it is to school, but your best choices for
walking or cycling, which may not be the same as the best car routes.
Talk over your ideas for routes with your parents if you have more than
Mode of Transportation
the simplest form to get places, including school. No special equipment
is required except comfortable shoes. Even when streets or sidewalks are
icy, donít let this be an excuse to skip walking. Find some shoes or
boots that provide good traction when you walk on snow or ice. You can
also retrofit almost any outdoor footwear with shoe chains that can be
easily slipped on an off as needed. Yaktrax and Stabilicers are two
popular brands of shoe snow chains.
~Rollerblades & scooters are other options for getting to and from school if you are comfortable with using this sporting equipment. You may only want to consider this option if your school has locker space for you to securely store your rollerblades or a place to lock your scooter. Check to make sure your school doesnít have rules against these items.
~ Walking part way to and from school may yet be another option if you live very far away or you are not comfortable with walking the full distance at first. Plan on you or your parent driving to a certain point from which you walk the rest of the way to school.
To stay safe walking on icy paths, here are some YouTube videos with a cool idea:
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healthcare provider if these tips are right for you and please read our disclaimer.