Friday, August 31, 2012
I recently joined the band of ever-higher MPG seekers who drive a Prius. After a few weeks of driving the car, I've noticed there are some similarities between using my car to get the best MPG, and how I treat my body to lose weight and obtain the best state of health.
SLOW DOWN - For the car, slower speeds means a greater likelyhood that it will be powered by electricity rather than gasoline. For my body, this means taking the time to shop, prepare and eat the foods that give me the most nutritional value, as well as paying more attention while eating rather than mindlessly wolfing down food.
INTERVAL ACCELERATION - Rather than pushing the pedal to the floor and keeping it there, I'm learning to *gently* press the accelerator pedal, back off a bit when I get up to cruising speed, down, up, etc. Similarly, my body does best with smaller amounts of food throughout the day at regular, more frequent intervals.
A BODY IN MOTION STAYS IN MOTION - It takes an awful lot of power - and gas - to get a car moving from a dead stop; whenever possible I try to keep the car from coming to a complete, dead stop while in transit. For my body, regular exercise makes it easier to keep exercising; I'm more toned, resiliant and flexible.
TAKING EXTRA CARE PAYS OFF - It's going to take some work to keep my car looking good. I'm parking further away from other cars to prevent dings and scratches, taking it in for regular mechanical maintenance, keeping tires inflated properly, and regular waxing. Similarly, my body needs other things to keep it in good shape: regular sleep, relaxation and yearly physicals.