You've probably heard by now that "sitting is the new smoking". We all sit far too much. We wake up a sit at breakfast. Many sit in the car on the way to work. We sit at work. At lunch, dinner and then again in front of the TV. We sit at the computer (I'm doing that right now!).
What is also kind of amazing, when you think about it, is how little we choose to move. Let's take a hypothetical trip to the mall. We pull in and drive around the parking lot, looking for the best space. We want something as close as possible to the mall entrance and we choose the entrance that is closest to the store we are visiting. We then walk the short distance into the mall and step on the escalator. And then we stand there and ride these moving stairs. We do the same thing with moving sidewalks, like in an airport.
In short, we choose to be lazy.
We know that moving is a key component to a long, healthy life. Fitbit (and others) tell us to get 10,000 steps a day. Ever tried that? Unless you have a physically active job, it's hard to do, day after day. But we can made a positive change with a few small changes:
Park farther out - your car is less likely to get "dinged" and you get a lot more steps. It could even save time since the endless circling in the parking lot may take longer than just parking right away and trekking.
Take the Stairs - There are nearly always staircases as an option to the elevator, if you're not going too many floors. It you take the escalator, walk up the stairs. They are still stairs, just as a moving sidewalk is still a sidewalk! I avoid the moving sidewalks when possible. I'm rarely in that kind of a hurry. Ditto the trams at the airport. If it's walk-able, I'll walk it.
It's a mental shift
Don't think about what's easiest, closest, or least effort. Think, "I am able-bodied and I don't need to be carried around."
Like to be "green"? Reduce your carbon footprint every time you park more quickly, walk between stores without moving your car, ride a bike to run close errands, avoid using the electricity of an elevator, escalator or moving sidewalk. Use that human power instead!
Small changes, but sizeable returns
These are small changes, but they add up. And they cost nothing. Not getting to the gym as often as you would like? Move by choice.