Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Exercise by driving?

The goverment recently changing the amount of recommended daily exercise to somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes (I think it was just 30 before). Given that people can't even get 30 in, I have no idea why someone would think they would do more. Well, I guess it's just a recommendation. You don't have to believe it will come true to recommend it. :)

Anyway, the usual slew of article on creative ways to add "exercise" to your life has followed this announcement. Of course, exercise is rarely defined and usually seems to mean something better than sitting on your ass.

An article I came across today was a real winner. The author suggests he doesn't have time in his busy day to hop on a treadmill and suggests ways to get in some exercise while shopping. A little extra time paying, a slightly longer walk from the car and the time will start to add up. The best recommendation was to actually take a longer route to the store since driving is apparently more active than sitting on your ass. Don't even get me started on this one.

So, take the few minutes here and there you add to your shopping trip and guess what? You could have gotten your ass on a treadmill and actually sustained an elevated heartrate that would have resulted in more than additional pollution. Damn are people lazy.

1 Comments:

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Jim Carson said...

Squatting to reach the cheaper, generic foods can also save you money which, by the article's logic, likely constitutes "retirement planning."

The article is not to be taken seriously. Imagine, by standing in line for 11.6 hours, continuously flexing your buttocks, you can lose a whole pound

 

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