EDM Challenge #103: Staying Healthy
I wonder if I will be the only EDM member without exercise equipment to sketch for this challenge? When considering what I really do to stay healthy, I could only focus on really good weight control and daily walking. Obesity is such a major problem in America. When research data is displayed at national meetings that I attend, and the average weights of the study subjects are reported (regardless of the type of medical study), there is always a chuckle from the audience when comparing the numbers from the US in comparison to the study populations from other countries. The only way that I have been able to maintain an ideal BMI as I age is to weigh myself every morning and rein in my food selections and portion sizes. By walking, I really don't mean that I am Julie or Penny (or other EDM members) who walk a fixed distance every day. By living in a city, however, I now walk almost everywhere that I want to go. My car is parked 3 blocks from our apartment and when I get to work I park several blocks from my building. All daily errands are done by walking in my neighborhood and carrying home the packages. Our car remains in the garage, except for work days and we walk long distances in the city on weekends. It is almost exactly one mile with stroller(s) between our apt and that of our grandchildren. This is a huge difference from our previous life in Texas, where the culture is garage door openers and car trips even one block to the covenience store for a newspaper. During those years I took 2 ballet classes each week in the evening after my husband came home from work and our children went to bed. Although I do take occasional ballet classes here in Manhattan, I can't fit everything that I want to do into my usual work week. I now buy walking shoes that move comfortably from work to play and wear out one pair of these shoes every several months.