Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I've been travelling a fair bit in the last few months on business. Mostly around continental Europe . I was reasonably well behaved on the food front. Over indulged on the Beer front but hey I was in Munich for two weeks.
A couple of things struck me.
Places that had good public transport seemed to have less overweight people. Perhaps it was that people had to do a little more walking every day. In city's with large pedestrianised zones it was clear that people walked for pleasure. Being able to amble around the city and then hopping on train seemed to be more attractive than driving and parking in the city.
Cycles lanes , cyclists everywhere and you could take the bike on the train during off peak. Exercise just becomes a by-product of your commute not a special planned activity.
Cultures that have living at the centre than working. Some of my European colleagues that that the 12 to 14 hours days I was putting in were "mental".
It seems to me that the environment and social norms influence your weight and health.
Still I'm back at the gym in the morning. Now where did I put that bike of mine :)