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Rising Gas Prices Can Help Your Weight Loss


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With the ever increasing gas prices (doesn’t seem like it’s going down any time soon) I figured I had better take advantage of it some how. One way that I thought of was to not use my car as much. That’s right. I have not only saved money, but gotten healthier in the process. I don’t drive to every single destination unless absolutely necessary.

“But that’s impossible Israel,” you say. WRONG! I know people that live 3 or 4 miles from a place they need to get and get there without the use of a car. I live in Florida and it’s pretty much important that you have a car here. It’s bad actually. Originating from New York City, I am used to walking and biking everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. This one time I had purchased a mountain bike and rode it all the way down to where I work. The actual distance usually took an hour on the MTA subway. Checking Google Maps reveals that the distance I rode was 12 miles each way! Not bad at all. I recall being extremely sweaty and my butt hurting from the long ride. That same approach can be used in places like Tampa or The Boondocks, Alabama (this is a fictitious location).

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The point I’m trying to make is that you don’t necessarily have to be a slave to the rising gas prices. A bike at Wal-Mart, Target, or K-Mart can go for as low as $199. That’s about what some people spend on gas per month, depending on where they live. The price per gallon in my part of Tampa is at $3.74 at the time of this writing. If you can’t ride all the way to work maybe you can ride to the parking station, park the bike and ride the train or bus to work for the remainder of the distance. That’s one example. Or how about jogging to work and showering there? If you put you mind to it you can come up with some way to make a positive (health, fitness) out of a negative (high gas prices). Another example of something I did in New York was workout during my lunch break. Luckily for me there was a gym two blocks away. I know that’ not an example of taking advantage of the gas prices, but I wanted to illustrate the ability to think outside the box.

What about when you need to go to Blockbuster Video, the bank, or run some errand? Have you ever considered just walking there? For dinner the other night we walked to the restaurant. It was a 15 minute walk that not only allowed for a quick, healthy workout but brought us closer together (we spoke the whole way there). My 3 year old daughter was also along for the walk and loved it. It reminded me of all the walks I used to take in NY. Back in NY there are tons of hidden landmarks scattered throughout the five boroughs that people aren’t aware of. Over the years walking had helped me discover them. Walking to dinner that night opened my eyes up the beauty of my community and it’s surroundings. So walking not only was healthy for my body, it was healthy for my mind.

Did you know that walking, combined with healthy eating, can boost your metabolism which would help you lose weight? All it would take is 30 minutes a day 5 or 6 times a week. That can equal to quite a few pounds in the span of a year.

What are some ways you can think of making high gas prices benefit your health and weight loss?

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About the Author

My name is Israel Lagares. I used to be the kind of guy that was always in shape, but over the last few years I've fallen off tremendously. This site is my final attempt to get back into shape. So far I've lost 70.4 lbs. Check out my weight loss chart, weight loss videos and progress pics. Follow my journey, those of others, and read our thoughts on various health topics. Share your thoughts, experience, and journey here on FMU.

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  1. NicoNo Gravatar says:

    You pretty much summed it all up I think. Less poluted air would also be a welcome upside to the rising gas prices.

    In the EU gas prices are about 9$ per gallon, which is about the double of US gas prices. Then again, I don’t have a car and neither do I need one to get me where I want. My country is not even 1/4th the size of your state… lol

  2. Well, the question is who’s really behind it? There gotta be someone that makes a profit out of everybody’s pocket… I read an article about this the other day, and first of all we need to stop the war in east asia right now.

  3. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    Long time no comment. Just wanted to stop in and let you know I did a review of the Wii Fit over on my blog. Come by and check it out!

  4. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    There is a 330lb weight limit on the Wii Fit balance board. Just in case your readers are wondering.

  5. Mel TNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Israel,

    You are so right, walking not only benefits our health but our mind also. I think it’s particularly useful when you have things on your mind. By just stepping away from the situation you get a whole new perspective and very often a solution to the problem.

  6. I almost entirely agree with your sentiments. I love riding my bike, and oftentimes, depending on traffic, it’s not only cheaper, but also faster.

    However, the one exception I would say is if you’re going somewhere close by but you need to look presentable. In that case I can’t risk mud, rain, or even just starting to sweat. It’s worth it at those times to pay for the gas in a car that keeps me clean :)

  7. Yeah, driving to work sucks! I hate being stuck in traffic being forced to do nothing else but listen to the radio. Take the bus and read, or better still (as you suggested) ride a bike to work! It helps our bodies and our environment – which in the long run also helps our bodies!

  8. Driving to work is soooo frustrating in traffic. I try to ride sometimes, but the distance is over 20miles each way. When I do I feel great. Walking 30 minutes a day is tops. Everyone at my work just started a global corporate challenge and we all walk around with pedometors and record our steps. We are in teams and compete agains the others. Its actually really motivating and you keep trying to increase your steps.

  9. DanNo Gravatar says:

    My work is just 5 mins away from home. Used to be 20 mins of driving distance. Quite a bit of saving… but you know what. I’m spending more because I fell relieved and not thinkining of what I could have done with it…

  10. NecklaceNo Gravatar says:

    It can also help me more healthy.

  11. same thing here.
    the gas prices, when they are insane,
    i definitely take less trips and walk more,
    because i don’t want to spend the gas.
    not worth it, especially in the neighborhood.

    but now that prices are back down again,
    taking advantage of it and driving a bit more.
    but will go back to more walking and exercising,
    when the prices go back up soon.

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