As part of the Kilkenny Walking Festival, a competition run by the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership asked secondary-school students to write an article highlighting the benefits of active transport to school. Here is the winning entry, by Roisin Farrell of Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny.
“But I’m tired!!!”
“But it’s so far!!!”
“It’s not like the world will end!!!”
Let’s face it, walking isn’t the most popular choice of transport. We like cars, because they’re faster or we’re in a hurry.
But walking has a lot more benefits than driving. I’m not saying you should walk from Stoneyford to the city, good lord no!
But if you’ve run out of milk, and you live five minutes walk from your corner shop, then you should have a stroll to Spar or Londis or wherever you get your milk.
But why should you bother? Good question. I know you’ve heard all about global warming and the ozone layer and bla bla bla.
But if you stopped driving and started walking, that would make a huge difference!
Imagine this. You decide to drive instead of walk to the shop. You can’t see it in your snazzy Honda jamming to One Direction, but there are fumes pumping out the back, into the air you breathe. Yes, really.
And it’s not just about the environment. It’s also very good for you. If you walk instead of drive, you won’t need to spend millions on fancy weight-loss equipment. If you walked to the shop every day, you could work off those few extra pounds, because walking is good for (a) your heart, (b) your lungs and (c) your soul!!!
And, walking can prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stress and helps you sleep!
I’m not saying you’ll turn into Superman, but you won’t be Homer Simpson either.
But once you build up your fitness levels, you can build yourself up and set goals and maybe you could win the 10k, or hike the MacGilicuddy Reeks!
Walking is also very sociable. You could go for a walk with your friends and catch up! It’s way better than texting, because you’re exercising instead of lounging on the couch.
And what about the dog? Trust me, you do not want a dog who is bouncing off the walls with excitement. Just take him for a stroll until he conks out! Problem solved!
See? It’s good! Good for the environment and good for you!!! So whether it’s around the Castle Park, or up a mountain, or even to school, try it! It’s free and easy!!!