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    In my younger days I was a mechanic for a bowling alley ('scuse me... "bowling center"). It was a big place. I calculated that I was walking 2 miles just to clean and oil the lanes, and that was while pushing a 300 lb (wheeled) machine up and down each one. When I eventually left for an office job, it was late October. By the time Christmas holiday time was over, I weighed 35 lbs heavier. I don't miss it, but I do miss having a job where I broke a sweat every day. It's a lot easier to get exercise if it's your job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    In my younger days I was a mechanic for a bowling alley ('scuse me... "bowling center"). It was a big place. I calculated that I was walking 2 miles just to clean and oil the lanes, and that was while pushing a 300 lb (wheeled) machine up and down each one. When I eventually left for an office job, it was late October. By the time Christmas holiday time was over, I weighed 35 lbs heavier. I don't miss it, but I do miss having a job where I broke a sweat every day. It's a lot easier to get exercise if it's your job.
    *reported* ^

    And yes, I used to do asphalt seal-coating in So. Cal and I was both toned and tanned.



    And that was a VERY profitable business, I'm thinking about getting a crew going up here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    In my younger days I was a mechanic for a bowling alley ('scuse me... "bowling center"). It was a big place. I calculated that I was walking 2 miles just to clean and oil the lanes, and that was while pushing a 300 lb (wheeled) machine up and down each one. When I eventually left for an office job, it was late October. By the time Christmas holiday time was over, I weighed 35 lbs heavier. I don't miss it, but I do miss having a job where I broke a sweat every day. It's a lot easier to get exercise if it's your job.
    Big reason why Americans are overweight. We commute a long way on average, then sit in an office or cubicle. Then by the time we get home we are tired, make poor dinner selections and then watch tv and go to bed. One of my favorite things to do is go up to Quebec during the summer. People don't drive as much they walk or take the train to work and then go to the little bakeries and grocers to pick up the makings for dinner. They don't seem to have that commute time we do and they seem to desire buying local and cooking a good meal. Here we drive thru McDonalds and then wonder why we are fat and out of shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Big reason why Americans are overweight. We commute a long way on average, then sit in an office or cubicle. Then by the time we get home we are tired, make poor dinner selections and then watch tv and go to bed. One of my favorite things to do is go up to Quebec during the summer. People don't drive as much they walk or take the train to work and then go to the little bakeries and grocers to pick up the makings for dinner. They don't seem to have that commute time we do and they seem to desire buying local and cooking a good meal. Here we drive thru McDonalds and then wonder why we are fat and out of shape.
    A little prep work and it doesn't take long to make a healthy meal. I grill and freeze chicken breasts so that I can just microwave them for dinner. Some frozen veggies and I'm set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Big reason why Americans are overweight. We commute a long way on average, then sit in an office or cubicle. Then by the time we get home we are tired, make poor dinner selections and then watch tv and go to bed. One of my favorite things to do is go up to Quebec during the summer. People don't drive as much they walk or take the train to work and then go to the little bakeries and grocers to pick up the makings for dinner. They don't seem to have that commute time we do and they seem to desire buying local and cooking a good meal. Here we drive thru McDonalds and then wonder why we are fat and out of shape.
    The benefits of where I live, I have a 3 mile commute to work, can come and go as I please, so I come in early, leave from about 10-10:30 to 12 noon to work out at home, make my own lunch (so healthier than eating out) and I am home by before 5. I cook during the weekend though and eat that for dinner throughout the week. Even with that I don't feel like cooking

    I've never had more than a 25 min commute. I'm thankful for that. How people go 2 hours each way, 4 hours of their day commuting, is beyond me. My dad did that his entire life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    A little prep work and it doesn't take long to make a healthy meal. I grill and freeze chicken breasts so that I can just microwave them for dinner. Some frozen veggies and I'm set.
    I think people are getting a bit better at doing this. When my kids were little, so many parents would pick them up at daycare and just didn't feel like cooking. So they would go to fast food. One of my friends used to get McDonalds and Burger King 3 or 4 nights a week. Her kids still prefer to go there now that they are adults. My parents never took us there so I guess I never really had that desire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    The benefits of where I live, I have a 3 mile commute to work, can come and go as I please, so I come in early, leave from about 10-10:30 to 12 noon to work out at home, make my own lunch (so healthier than eating out) and I am home by before 5. I cook during the weekend though and eat that for dinner throughout the week. Even with that I don't feel like cooking

    I've never had more than a 25 min commute. I'm thankful for that. How people go 2 hours each way, 4 hours of their day commuting, is beyond me. My dad did that his entire life.
    Where I live a lot of people commute down into Boston. That means a 30-45 minute drive to the train and then an hour train ride. They leave at 5 am and get home between 7-8. Really super hard with little kids. Makes life pretty hard and then of course weekends are tied up doing cleaning, outdoor work, laundry, shopping etc.

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    Swimming works out almost the whole body, it is very low impact, it's fun, therapeutic, you feel like a million bucks when you get out of that pool!

    We used to go at least twice a week and did our own "rough-house" version of water polo.

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    Agree,, swimming is excellent. I prefer swimming at a lake beach for longer distance 150 yards across. Bicycling was great until you find out it's hard on the prostate, running pounds joints.
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    I've been using Stevia but I'm dumping it all.
    dump the soda while you are at it.
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    YES. Diet coke causes an insulin spike. That alone will sabotage your diet, for those over forty. As well, later on, you will over-eat in order to feel better. It does not help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and it will help to make you insulin resistant.

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