Makes You Want to Walk

February 12, 2008 at 10:42 am 4 comments

I’ve long had a sneaking suspicion that the whole gym thing was bad for one’s health, a play on people’s deepest insecurities, and confirmation that the normal course of life is seriously out of whack—too much time in front a computer and TV, not enough time spent real walking and real lifting…you know, all the things our bodies were designed to do.

The Daily News backs me up on this one with the lovely headline:

Bacteria crawling on fountains and workout mats at city’s gyms

Okay, time to get walking and lifting—to the market with my kid, that is.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anne  |  February 12, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Walking [to the market] is not only good for the fesh air and exercise, but also for the environment — real footprints leave much less of a carbon footprint. And every home is equipped with a gym, assuming you are willing to do some housework and take the stairs, at least on occasion, rather than the elevator. Oh, and both of these are free, to boot!

  • 2. karbeth  |  February 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Indeed! This is one of those things I just don’t get.

  • 3. Eric  |  February 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    For many time-pressed, work-stressed people, a gym is literally their only opportunity for exercise. You’re probably right that our lives are out-of-whack — especially in the NY area) — but short of moving to some outdoorsy area like Colorado (now there’s an idea), what’s one to do? And past a certain age, things like walking and taking the stairs just don’t cut it. If gym-goers can avoid all of the bacteria floating around, I say more power to them.

  • 4. karbeth  |  February 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Well-said, well-taken. Go for it, just do it, etc. But I do see it as a symptom of a culture where work trumps all, even health. I know too many people who join clubs and never find the time (or energy) to use them. I confess to being one of them:)


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