If You Live in a Rat Race…

Posted on September 5th, 2009 by mindovermatter in Overall Fitness

Most of us out there live in a concrete jungle, with Manhattan of course being the largest of these epicenters. Everything is paved, flattened out. Every place has an elevator or an escalator. All the airports have people movers. All the comforts of modern technology, the sole purpose of which is to make our lives easier. Not so fast.

The paradox is that progress has served to make our lives more convenient, yet has become more detrimental to our bodies. Even though we all live in this rat race concrete jungle, it doesn’t mean we have to abide by it.

It is contingent upon the individual to take the long road home. Just because the shorter distance between two points is a straight line doesn’t mean you should walk that line. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk instead of taking a cab. Get off on the subway one stop before your destination for the longer walk. For those suburbanites, don’t be afraid to park too far from the mall. You can always use those extra steps.

Studies have shown that small incremental bursts of cardiovascular activity throughout the day cumulatively equal the same amount of time in one sitting (or walking or running in this instance). Remember, the more you move, the better off you are for it, and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll sleep better for it.

If you don’t have time to get to the gym, that’s just another excuse. Use your natural surroundings as your own private gym.

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