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Old 09-02-2016, 11:30 AM
 
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No surprise. I miss the high priority placed on being physically active that typified a large part of CO's population. A good time on the weekend always included it. What some people consider a necessary evil ("it's just exercise") was looked forward to, not only for health benefits but because it was fun and/or gave a sense of accomplishment.

Whenever I hear someone express surprise that I am walking "so far from home"--a whopping 2 miles away!--I remind myself that I used to live in the state where running up 14ers was a sport for some, and that one 80-plus-year-old guy racked up a record number of climbs up Long's Peak well into his senior years.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:01 PM
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No surprise. I miss the high priority placed on being physically active that typified a large part of CO's population. A good time on the weekend always included it. What some people consider a necessary evil ("it's just exercise") was looked forward to, not only for health benefits but because it was fun and/or gave a sense of accomplishment.

Whenever I hear someone express surprise that I am walking "so far from home"--a whopping 2 miles away!--I remind myself that I used to live in the state where running up 14ers was a sport for some, and that one 80-plus-year-old guy racked up a record number of climbs up Long's Peak well into his senior years.
The bolded resonated with me. That's exactly how I view it here. People look forward to exercise, because over time, it becomes less of a burden and just makes you feel good. Back in Metro Detroit, where I'm from, most of my friends either didn't exercise or did it as a necessary evil. You drove everywhere, too, or there was gonna be a lot of whining. I remember trying to go on a bike ride with a buddy when I was back in MI. We hadn't even gone half a mile before he was gasping for air and his legs were cramping up. The guy did little to no cardio, and already had a heart condition by 30 that could have been improved with some moderate exercise. But he gauged his health by how skinny he was, which is also not a wise thing to do.

Just because you're skinny doesn't mean you're healthy.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:11 PM
 
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The bolded resonated with me. That's exactly how I view it here. People look forward to exercise, because over time, it becomes less of a burden and just makes you feel good. Back in Metro Detroit, where I'm from, most of my friends either didn't exercise or did it as a necessary evil. You drove everywhere, too, or there was gonna be a lot of whining. I remember trying to go on a bike ride with a buddy when I was back in MI. We hadn't even gone half a mile before he was gasping for air and his legs were cramping up. The guy did little to no cardio, and already had a heart condition by 30 that could have been improved with some moderate exercise. But he gauged his health by how skinny he was, which is also not a wise thing to do.

Just because you're skinny doesn't mean you're healthy.
So true. My husband's former coworker clocked in at over 30% body fat, yet she did not look fat. Some would have called her skinny. The pasty-pale hipsters in their skinny jeans do not look fat but neither do they look healthy.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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They have a lot of skinny people where I live in Miami Beach but I believe Colorado is the most health conscious state over thats why they tend to have the lowest obesity rates.
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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They have a lot of skinny people where I live in Miami Beach but I believe Colorado is the most health conscious state over thats why they tend to have the lowest obesity rates.
I think Miami's positive numbers probably get canceled out by the rest of Florida. Overall Florida is not bad for obesity in the rankings at 35th worst, but really bad for diabetes and hypertension, ranking 15th worst and 16th worse respectively.
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