Where are good places for my teenager to go on walks?

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You teenage should walk somewhere that you feel comfortable. Usual the best place will be within your neighborhood. More often than not you know most of your neighbors and will feel comfortable to know that if something were to happen, they would be able to assist. Aside from that, the choice is going to be somewhere in which you feel comfortable. Another great option, go with them, make it a family event!

Anywhere!  Walking is one of the best ways to incorporate daily activity and doesn’t need special equipment to do it.

For an incentive, buy your teen an iPod or some type of devise so they can listen to their favorite music while walking.

Places to walk:

Start with your neighborhood.  Plan out a couple different routes that will keep your teen out for at least 30 minutes a day. 

Community park.  Every town and city has a park or two for the community to enjoy.  Walk with your teen and not only enjoy the scenery, but the time talking and catching up as well.

City living.  Those living in a city have the option of local transport or walking.  If your destination is reasonably close, walk it.  If walking for exercise then walk away from your home for 15 minutes, turn around and walk back to complete the minimum of 30 minutes.

Weather.  Weather conditions sometimes determine where your teen will walk.  However, there are those who walk in all kinds of weather with the exception of terribly bad conditions.  Spring and fall usually have optimal outside walking conditions.  In the summer, walking should be done in the morning or when the sun is starting to set in the evening to prevent heat related problems.  In the winter your teen can walk in the snow for an extra challenge.

Safety first.  The safety of your teen is most important so be sure your teen walks with an adult (like yourself), or a partner. 

 

 


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