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Letters to the Editor

Get active

May 20, 2010

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To the editor:

Maybe it’s time for families to set up an exercise room in the home or garage as a point of emphasis saying exercise is good. Don’t focus on one family member. All of us need exercise. Go with a treadmill, a workout bench that is NOT just for males, a crossover elliptical trainer and bicycles.

Use sidewalks. Power walk everywhere you go. Park the car a good distance from a destination such as a grocery store or place of employment. Newsweek provided this thinking from a man who was active. Marriage and family cut into his workout schedule. In addition to parking a distance away, he would make it a point to use stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.

Need to take kids somewhere? Park the car and kill time by walking downtown, around downtown, walk through neighborhoods — walk around anywhere. The wife and I have found this to be fun. Walking is important IF we want to be able to walk as senior citizens. Walking helps improve important stomach muscles.

The only items we do not have are the treadmill and sidewalks (streets, cemeteries and country roads work too!)

How about a bike date, walk date, elliptical date and going for walks after wining and dining? Sound ridiculous? Maybe not if you like who you are with.

Comments

LadyJ 4 years, 6 months ago

What the heck, I'll say it first. Is clothing optional?

gl0ck0wn3r 4 years, 6 months ago

Isn't it enough that we have to read his cut-and-paste nonsense on the site? Yes Richard, you sound ridiculous.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Richard, how dare you even suggest personal responsibility Here's what the government needs to do to take care of us all: a new "fat tax"! It will help offset the cost of Obama care and motivate folks to get in shape. For each pound you are over your 'ideal weight' (as determined by a health czar) you have to pay an annual tax of $5. 5 lbs overweight? An annual tax of $25. We could cap this off with a tax on the 'obese' being $500, and on the 'morbidly obese' $1,000. This tax would include children as well, since fat children often grow up to be fat adults. Now for those who have some kind of health condition, they'd be exempted by a pardon from obamas health czar. Pregnant women and all Washington insiders would be exempt as well (of course!!) Being "underweight" doesn't get you any 'tax credit' though... With all the fat people I see each and every day, through this tax alone Obama care could be completely funded! The government will make you get insurance or pay, logically the next step would be the government will make you lose weight or pay. Makes sense to me, whereas what Richard suggests is just ridiculous!

(Thanks for the good chuckle though Richie!)

denak 4 years, 6 months ago

1) Who is Richard online???

2) I don't think his letter is inane. I think it offers practical ways for people to be active even when someone doesn't have 30-40 minutes to devote to an exercise routine every day. I think so many people get caught up in this notion that you have to have expensive equipment or have to join a gym in order to get fit that they lose track of just the everyday things that one can do to help one's health.

Dena

SofaKing 4 years, 6 months ago

I cannot imagine writing a letter to the editor telling everyone to exercise in a preachy way. What's the point? It's like telling everyone to brush their teeth twice a day.

"All of us need to brush our teeth. Go with an electric toothbrush or ..."

And who calls his wife "The wife?" It's condescending.

I was going to go running tonight, but instead I'm just going to sit.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

Geez Richard... RECYCLE!! (his LTE a few weeks back) EXERCISE!! Obama should appoint you as some kind of czar.

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