Thursday, December 26, 2013

Your Car Is Making You Fat

    Too often, especially here in America, we have become masters of driving instead of walking, running, jogging, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, uni cycling, etc! I see all too often someone that will get in a car to drive less than a mile! Many people if they were to win the lottery cite some type of vehicle as their "dream", or their fantasy. Yet this object that is supposed to help us in the long run is an impedance to a better health, and a better life.

     The first way is money, but we'll save that for when I start moneyfromgroundzero. Your car is a tool, that you use when you need to use it. Here's some of the weak excuses people use for driving instead of doing some form of cardio:

  • It saves time
  • It's too hot
  • It's too cold
  • It's too far to get to
  • It's too early
  • It's too late
  • I don't want to be all sweaty
  • Biking in my city is dangerous with the other vehicles
Here's some acceptable excuses:

  • You need to carry heavy shit that couldn't fit on a bike basket or you couldn't carry
  • Neighborhood safety
  • It's too far to get to (but it really is this time)
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • You need to transport someone who is lazy

And that's it! Here's my Feedback on the negative:

  • How much time does it really save? Minutes, maybe 20 minutes? But if you are doing cardio everywhere you save more time that you don't have to do it in the gym. Also, why do you live where you live? Don't you want to walk in that neighborhood, or bike down the block, and enjoy your city? And if you hate your city, walk or bike, it will motivate you to see all the things you hate and move out!
  • It's too hot: It's only too hot because you drive everywhere! I see 70 year old women pushing grocery carts along the street in the summer in Phoenix. Your body will acclimate to climate if you don't hop in an air conditioned car every chance you get.
  • It's too cold: I watched the same 70 year old woman walking everywhere in my trip to Russia last year. 
  • It's too far to get to: what's too far? A mile!!? Less than 3 miles I don't even consider the car, I love riding my bike or going for a short run.
  • It's too early: NO, it's not.
  • It's too late: NO, it's not.
  • I don't want to be all sweaty: if you do it more often, you won't be, but you will love it more and wish you were!
  • Biking is dangerous: lets close on this one today......
     In my job as a career firefighter I can as a first hand witness fully attest to this. Biking can be dangerous, I've seen bruising, head injuries, blood, amputations, and even death. There is no doubt a danger to riding bikes, while this is extremely reduced with safety measures, it still can present a small chance danger and always will. But on the other hand, I've spent over a decade of my life in pre-hospital care, hospital care, and post hospital care. In a 2011 study, it was cited, 677 people died riding their bike. But guess what? In the United States we lose HALF A MILLION LIVES TO HEART DISEASE EVERY YEAR! That's 677 vs 500,000. The smallest changes in your daily life, can make the biggest changes to making you live longer to enjoy that life. Embrace cardio, embrace your legs, use them, you were born with them, you were not born with a car. Have a great gym day.


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This article is solely opinion of the author and written for entertainment purposes only.
Consult a doctor or medical professional before beginning any fitness, diet, or weight training program.

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