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Is Your Car Making You Fat?

More Drive Time May Mean More Unwanted Pounds


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  • I love walking, although it's just too hot here ATM. The only snack I keep in the car is water, nothing else needed, except proper picnic food on long trips...
  • I love that quote! 'Friend's don't let friends drive, when walking or biking is an option...something like that
  • I am an optimist.
    It does not seem too much use being anything else.
    - Winston Churchill
  • Good information
  • Great article.l thank you.
    Thanks for sharing.
  • Can hardly wait until I can get my bicycle out.
  • I really enjoyed your blog. I have a disability sticker for the rest of my life and I am tempted to use it but decided that I was depriving myself of valuable walking. Now I only use it when it is seriously raining or snow. Not only am I helping myself but not taking valuable space for less fortunate. There is no denying that I do need it occasionally when the pain gets out of control but give that body a chance to enjoy its life.
    I park as far from the door as I can. But living 3 miles in on a dirt road and 5-10 miles from the nearest store really isn't feasible to walk or ride a bike to do my shopping. I do walk on my lunch and on my breaks at work. If I was in the city I would walk or ride my bike all the time.
  • We live 8 miles from the nearest town, so driving really is a necessity. That said, we generally try to find a shady spot to park (read that: "the farthest spot from the door"). And on the rare occasion that we stop at big burger, you will never see us go thru the drive-thru...where to get "in-n-out" you are in a line of at least 10-12 cars. But yes, as another commenter posted, when I was a kid, we had fast food maybe once a week, but we walked the mile or so there and back. Mom almost always had cookies for us made from scratch, but I remember that I played outside until it was dark. During Christmas vacation, I remember having a blast riding thru deep rainwater puddles with my bike to see how far the water would splash. When we lived near an irrigation canal, winter meant sloshing around in the canal to find trapped fish for the cats to eat. In other words, we were always active and doing something. Now, I can't remember the last time I saw kids tossing a football in the street, or playing basketball at the park...they're too busy with their phones for that. When they walk, it is at about a 1.5 mph snail crawl. Obesity in this country is going to get much worse before it gets better, because we haven't taught our kids to go out and have active fun.
    Finally. An article about not moving. I get so sick of all these reports and commercials about fast foods causing obesity. Yes, eating junk food will cause you to gain weight. But, hey, a calorie is a calorie. Everyone talks about supersize and fancy coffees. These have been around for as long as I remember. What hasn't been around is the drive thrus.

    We used to go to a fast food restaurant about once a week or so when I was a kid. We had a snack before bed every night; usually ice cream with chocolate syrup. Friday night was special. My sister and I would walk to the store and buy soda, a bag of chips and an individual sweet, like a fruit pie or cream horn.

    The difference then is we WALKED. Everywhere. Or rode our bikes. All day, everyday. If we went to a restaurant, we got out of the car and walked into the restaurant. If we went to the bank, we got out of the car and walked inside. In a town near us, there is even a drive-thru creamy stand. This generation has become sedentary. We have moved away from cities and become so busy, that we don't even think about getting out of our cars to run errands.

    Me included. That is why I have made a concious effort to park farther away and to try to stay away from tbe drive thrus. Thanks for this article and letting me vent! This has been on my mind for quite some time.
  • I am one of the lucky ones. I am now retired and I live 6 miles from the grocery store. I am basically a home body and don't drive much. If I drive to GA (5 or 6 hours) to visit my sister, I always stop two times during the drive to stretch my legs.
  • I try to walk everywhere I can now, even if it's an over two hour walk. It's great exercise! I only take the bus if I'm going somewhere with my mom. Or I will take the bus there, like if I am trying on clothes and I want to smell fresh and clean, and then I walk home.
  • Well I know my driving job stopped me from exercising and my weight went up 4 stone 56lbs.

    I now walk instead of taking the car but for shopping

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