Monday, October 19, 2009

My 5 minute tangent...

Okay, I'm at work right now. It's 7:50 a.m. and as usual, I was on my way toward coffee salvation in the cafeteria. When I was leaving, the automatic handicapped doors were closing. The button is about 5 yards away from the door. A man was walking toward me, as if to go through the doors. Instead of just opening the door the other half way on his own, he walked 5 yards out of the way so it would open automatically. I mean, I would say this is a perfect example of a person's laziness, but he actually probably did more work to go out of his way to hit the button. I'd be lying if I said I never hit those buttons. Sometimes it's necessary-- maybe your arms are full, or you're on crutches. Or maybe you're just lazy. I think that's it. You know, I've learned in my age that having good health isn't about a diet. It isn't about cutting out what you love or working out every single day. It's about small changes baby steps. Really, it sounds silly, but taking the stairs every day over the elevator will give you benefits. Okay, look at it this way. A pound of fat is about 3,500 calories. To get an idea, an order of cheese fries from Outback has about 2200 calories. Most people need around 2000 in a day. That's more than 2000 in one meal. Anyway... if you walked an extra mile every day (or had that much equivalent of any activity) you'd burn about 100 calories. Over 35 days, that is one whole pound. Out of a year, that's more than 10 pounds. So you see, a little goes a long way. Take the stairs, park further away, or take one more lap around the block with the dog. Any step you take, is one in the right direction.

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