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Fat Tax, Distance Endurance, and Neighborhood Health

Paying by the pound, going the distance and aging neighborhoods benefit your health.
Gold Standards
Lose weight, fatten your wallet? According to a Gold’s Gym research study, obesity comes with financial costs in addition to the well-known health drawbacks. From higher gas expenses and more doctor visits to higher food prices and clothing costs, Golds’ research gives a break down of the numbers. The research reports that obese Americans lose almost $10,000 per year out of their own pockets (based on the median U.S. salary of $48,451).
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To help Americans start trimming the fat and adding to their wallets, Gold’s Gym is offering a free week of fitness to encourage the nation to make exercise a priority for a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully this translates to more gold in everyone’s pocket.

Penny pinching.

Endurance Running
I’ve always wondered how people make it through the last mile of a marathon. Now researchers may have clues. According to a study at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, in a long-distance race, a runner’s heart rate increases in a controlled manner and appears to be scaled to the race distance. Evaluating heart rate responses during 5- to 100-km races, runners were found to actively keep their intensity in check in anticipation of the finish. This requires runners to constantly reassess their fatigue levels and adjust their pace to make sure fatigue doesn’t get out of control. So I guess I’ll just have to practice more running awareness. I’ll start small.

Pace yourself.

Real Estate Health
When buying a home,you might think new is better, but University of Utah researchers found that people who live in older, more walkable neighborhoods are at lower risk for being overweight. The study found that neighborhoods built before 1950 were more likely to be pedestrian friendly. Newer neighborhoods have been designed more for modern car traveling.

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The study found that men, on average, weighed 10 pounds less if they lived in a walkable neighborhood versus a less foot-friendly neighborhood. For women, that translated into six pounds less. Check out your neighborhood’s walkability here.

Walk on.

Erin

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10 Comments
  1. Mark Salinas says:

    Good stuff! Always so creative…thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. Tricia says:

    For me, a “fat tax” is when I don’t go to the gym for a few months, yet still pay to be a member.

    Great post!

  3. tfh says:

    It’s so true that sometimes going the distance is all about just slowing down. Sometimes to a walk. 🙂 Interesting study using HRs! Time to dust off my HR monitor.

  4. Tri-ing with Twins says:

    Very interesting about the fat tax. I never thought of it like that, but soooo true.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. GroundedFitness says:

    so, um, I dont make enough money.

    haha, tricia’s comment is true. I paid for my gym mebership up front, so every day I dont go, I think of that huge sum I plunked down. well, swiped through, but you know.

    http://www.groundedfitness.com

  6. Irene says:

    Woohoo!

    My neighborhood scored a very walkable 86 out of 100!

  7. Marcy says:

    OMG that first fact is insane! Dang!

  8. Elizabeth says:

    My neighborhood in DC that I’m buying a house in scored an 80 out of a 100, but I’m not surprised–DC is a very walkable city, which is one of the reasons we moved here.

  9. Sagan says:

    I live in an older neighborhood and pretty much the major reason for it is that its center of the city and within walking distance of all the places I regularly need to be!

    Very cool about the running thing. And absolutely agree about how being healthier saves money!

  10. Lori says:

    Yay, walkability. One of my favorite topics. It will greatly determine where I move next.