Happy Days and Walking


Yes, in the hit TV show “Happy Days” depicting life in the 1950’s-1960’s, the Fonz had a motorcycle and I believe the Dad allowed Richie to use the family car, BUT, there was no Uber, Lyft, kids didn’t get cars at age 16 and there was no mention of “drive through” pharmacies, restaurants or banks. Plain and simple, people walked.

Turning the clock back to that era, there is no doubt that people walked lots more than they do now. Even in the current era, when you speak with people from European countries that have a much less obesity rate than the U.S., these people notice right off the bat that Americans drive lots more.

Perhaps some of this extra driving is because of the dual-working households, but additionally. Let me ask you this question: How many of you had your parents taxi-ing you around town after school for organized sports events? I am not seeing many hands going up because my suspicion is that your childhood life was like mine: after school, you went outside and played with your friends…not much “organization” or time requirements on your parents for that spontaneous game in the streets.

The solution? Take a few minutes to assess your use of drive-throughs and other “in the car” time that could perhaps be converted to walking instead. Maybe there is no room to increase the exercise part but perhaps there is.

If we all want more “Happy Days” we will strive to do what we need to do to control that weight.

Author
Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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