International Walk to School Day – Oct 5!

A ready to ride her bike the 6 blocks to piano lessons!

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!

For more information about International Walk to School Day, you can visit and!

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!!





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  1. We live pretty far out so we can't walk anywhere to run errands but I try to combine my errands/appointments so we are using less gas. I love finding a place where I can park in one spot and go to three or four different stores!
  2. I'm in the same boat as Ang, we live too far away to walk anywhere for errands, though we do walk down to the highway and back just to get out and get exercise. I also try to streamline my errand running into as few stops as possible and by walking between places once I am in town. Once I'm. In Amsterdam (leaving October 7th) I'll be walking of taking public transit everywhere (I won't have a car anyway).
  3. We also live too far out to walk for errands (unless fetching eggs from the chicken coop counts?!), but we love to make a morning out of running (literally) errands in town. We park at one end of downtown, and walk/skip/run everywhere. I must admit, it is more of a strategy to burn the boys' energy than to save on gas, but hey - gotta love the extra benefit. I'll definitelly be checking out "The Berestain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore)" too. Thanks for the recommendation!
  4. Love that book. Love all the B Bears books, for that matter. Just stumbled on this quote in Bill Bryson's book "A Walk in the Woods" about his Appalachian Trail hike which made me think of this post: "Now here's a thought to consider. Every twenty minutes on the AT, Katz and I walked farther than the average American walks in a week. For 93 percent of all trips outside the home, for whatever distance or whatever purpose, Americans now get in a car. On average, the total walking of an American these days - that's walking of all types: from car to office, from office to car, around the supermarket and shopping malls- adds up to 1.4 miles a week, barely 350 yards a day. That's ridiculous."
  5. We finally live close enough to walk to school. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we walk because I don't have to take Jude to preschool first (his school is about 10 miles away). The kids hate it but I love it :) You know I like to walk ;)
  6. We are too far out to walk any errands here as well, but the neighborhood is about 3 miles if you walk it total. We were walking it regularly for a while, but have gotten lazy. This is a great day to start it back up again. Thanks for the motivation Michelle!

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