It’s been several weeks since my last post, and my “new years” resolution of writing by-weekly has dwindle to writing AOAP (as often as possible). With several research projects underway, I’ve been “forced” back in the lab to do data collection. More about that later… This post is relevant to the purpose of the blog, but more of a personal experience as I traveled this week. I hope you enjoy it!
It was well past 2:00 AM EST when we arrived to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). After being stranded for several hours, the time, which is probably way past most people’s ‘bed time’, and the constant cry of the baby behind me – who will grow up to be a Grammy nominated artist with those lungs – most people looked tired and ready for a comfortable and quite ride home; at least I did!
I frequent this airport at least once a month and I always notice how many people choose to ride the train instead of walking to the main terminal. Yesterday, we landed in Concourse D, which it’s a little over a mile (1.6 Km) from the main terminal and very doable in about 15-20 minutes, if you’re traveling alone.
As one of the busiest airports in the world it definitely helps to have the “little train”, as it is definitely useful for those who are unable to walk long distances, or have children. However, most people would probably benefit from a little walking – see previous posts. Nonetheless, as we made our way to the train level we saw this:
Apparently, they use this time of the night to do repairs and the train is not in service. So walked we did! I was thrilled to have some company, as I usually have to walk the concourses alone; but not on this night!
Our entire flight, over 200 passengers, I’m sure, had to walk the little over one-mile (1.6 Km) distance between Concourse D and the Main terminal. Some used the moving walkways, while others actually walked the entire distance. And WE all did with little complaint.
I would say there were two people who were actually enjoying the walk… my self, for obvious reasons, and a little girl (you can barely see her in the center of the picture above with a pink jacket) who was just happy to be off the plane and was jumping and skipping as if it was a Sunday at the park.
Others, on the other hand, didn’t complaint, but surely were not happy about the situation. This lady struggled with her bags the entire time. Shortly into our walk she removed her jacket and her only comment was “why is it so hot down here?” Maybe it was too late for her to realize she was actually doing some ‘hard work’ carrying her bags and balancing on those heels!
Nonetheless, the point of this story is that the ability of being active has been removed from our daily lifestyles by technology, which we choose to use often to make our lives “easier” with little regard to what it may do to our health.
Being active doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. We just have to be aware of how to incorporate active time in our lifestyles and reduce the time we spend being sedentary. A one-mile (1.6 Km) walk is not a big deal if you only do it once a month, but if you do it every day, it can lead to significant benefits beyond just weight loss.
Read my “Just move more…” post to get some ideas of how to reduce sedentary time for you and your family. Give it a try!
Until next time, be active!