With Julia Gillard’s new carbon tax making the headlines where are the initiatives to promote carbon friendly practices like riding to work? The future and it is coming fast, will need to include strategies to make our environment better to live in and bodies more capable of living in it. There is no better win/win situation than people producing less carbon by walking, running or riding to work and leaving the car at home. People can not only help save the planet but themselves at the same time. Good deal I reckon. When you think that fat is simply stored energy and 65% of Australian men and 58% of Australian women are either overweight or obese (as signified by a Body Mass Index over 30), you can see there is a lot of energy left on the table for most people.
When the government really gets serious about the mounting costs of an unhealthy population, look out for compulsory time off from work (paid for) during the day to move/exercise. This won’t be optional because the cost of too many of the population not moving enough is going to be absoultely huge and definitely unaffordable. But are we really going to get to a stand off between government and individual reserving their right not to be healthy?? Why not make the decision yourself…if you haven’t already done so.
Crazy world. In the mean time Best Practice exists to get more people in to the elite 10% (hopefully growing) of the population who exercise enough to get a benefit. Our job is to help those fed up enough with feeling horrible and sluggish, to get back to the way we were designed – full of vibrant energy. Join us (and a few others!) in the Bridge to Brisbane this year on September 11 and resolve to make now your time to turn this thing around!
Life is just too important to sit on the metaphorical treadmill watching the world go by. You should at least be running on it!