As I finished up my workout all I could think about was how I didn't want to walk up the two flights of stairs to the main floor and the parking lot. I work out every day, period. No matter how much homework I have or even if I have soccer later. So why was it that those two flights of stairs seemed so daunting?
The answer is probably the answer for millions of Americans. We're lazy, and stupid. "Many of us have gym membership or attend classes at a local gym on a frequent basis: in America, gyms are a $700 million industry, and it's estimated that 12% of the population regularly attend the gym." We spend about $24 to walk on revolving sidewalks and climb revolving stairs, which is both boring and quite frankly wasteful. We spend all day long taking the elevator and driving a mile to pick up a gallon of milk. It would be better on the environment if we drove less and walked and biked more, not to mention better for our bodies and our pocketbooks.
According to Obesity Statistics, "78% of American's not meeting basic activity level recommendations." A common excuse is I can't afford a gym membership or I hate the gym. The truth is we don't need the gym to live active and healthy lifestyles. Now, this doesn't mean I'm going to run out and cancel my gym memberships. The weight machines and classes truly are valuable, but it made me change the way I look at other aspects of my life. No more circling for the closest parking spot or taking the elevator to go up only two flights.