Get Moving!

If you want to lose weight, you gotta move.  You gotta move and sweat and stretch and all that jazz.  It’s not going to be a barrel of laughs.  Pain will be involved.  Sleep will be interrupted and your schedule turned on its ear.  But your body was designed to move and unless your occupation is one of hard labor or you live in an urban environment where you walk everywhere, you probably don’t move enough. 

Years ago I read an article, I think it was in Reader’s Digest, about calorie usage. It was a great essay that I would love to come across again as it compared the calorie expenditures of an average person in 1950 versus someone living in the 1980’s. For example, maybe a 1950’s teenager burned 50 calories in an evening getting up to change the channel on the television.  Whereas someone with a remote control three decades later, might only using 3 calories moving his thumb around.  Housewives really stayed in shape in that era due to the lack of convenience gadgets around the home and pushing a lawnmower that wasn’t self-propelled or using standard hedge clippers kept the gents in good form back then.

But alas, our technology has officially bitten us in the ass.  All our free time is filled up with more "to do" items such that movement has become an optional part of our day.    That needs to stop.  If not, we might all end up like the poor folks in the latest, hilarious You Tube video being passed around the Internet.  Check it out and heed the warnings before you too get tragically stuck on an escalator



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