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Active Transport

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'Active transport' includes any kind of transport where you are using physical activity to travel to and from a destination. Walking, cycling, scooting and skateboarding are examples of active transport, as is using public transport (as it almost always includes walking to and from destinations). Driving, or getting a lift in a car, is not active transport.

Over the last 30 to 40 years, the number of young people using active transport to get around has fallen. At the same time, obesity and health problems among kids related to being inactive have increased.

Research shows there are big health benefits from choosing active transport, with young people becoming healthier and generally more active overall.

Exercise is usually seen as something that you have to plan to do, such as playing a sport. But active transport helps you get the exercise you need just by going from place to place. Plus, you can save money and help the environment too!

Tips for ‘active transport'

  • Cycle or walk whenever you can - especially to and from school.
  • Choose public transport rather than getting a lift - you tend to get in some physical activity travelling to and from the stops.
  • Take the stairs instead of using the lifts or escalators.
  • Walk the dog – your canine friend will love you for it.
  • Catch up with a friend while you go for a walk – find out all the news while you get outside.
  • Make up your own list - let your imagination go wild!