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As Gas Prices Rise, Waistlines Drop — Yay?

I try find the silver lining of all seemingly bad things, even high gas prices.

When I get stressed out about how much I am paying at the pump I try and remember that research has found that an increase of an additional $1 per gallon in gasoline prices will reduce US obesity by 15 percent after five years by forcing us to walk, bike, or take public transportation (more walking) instead of using our cars. Furthermore, it may even lead us to eat at home instead of out in restaurants and drive-thru.

Clearly I have always been a proponent of walking, biking (it is Bike to Work Week), and taking public transportation for more reasons than just the high gas prices (more exercise during the day, better for the environment, etc.), but there is nothing wrong with trying to look on the brighter side of things. I, for one, just paid $4.23 per gallon [gasp] to fill up my car and definitely use the opportunity to walk whenever it's possible. What about you?


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Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Speaking of this, I just saw on the local news today that a lot of students from my old high school rode their bikes to school to protest gas prices.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I don't pay much attention to gas prices (people will moan no mater what), but I hope they continue to rise. Only a significant price increase will lead to a reduction in consumption.
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
I recently switched from driving a Honda Pilot to a Nissan Rogue. Way better gas mileage but since gas is so expensive I tend to do a lot of walking anyway. I still have to drive to work and the grocery store but I've cut out a lot of other things. "Downtown" is about a 15-20 minute walk and has everything I need - pet store, coffee, book store, etc. This saves me from having to fill my gas tank every week to now every two weeks. jdeprima - Good for you! Not only does not having a car save on gas but you don't have a car payment or have to pay for insurance! Got to love NYC.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Wow, colleenb - that's amazing, good for you! I have to agree with a couple of previous posters about the benefits of walking in the city. When I'm at home in the suburbs, you can't walk anywhere (and there's nowhere to really walk actually, unless you want to get mowed down by an SUV on one of the many winding roads around my house) and I end up driving ... but here, I'm forced to walk everywhere and although I gripe and complain about it, it actually makes me feel a lot better after work, after eating, and in the mornings!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Where I live it is not walking friendly at all as far as errands and such goes-I require a car.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm wondering if maybe city planners will start redesigning cities to be a lot more pedestrian-friendly. Old cities like New York and Chicago and some other places were designed to be pedestrian friendly, but newer cities were designed around vehicle transportation, so everything's all sprawled out. I would really appreciate it if our city did make some changes so biking and walking would be easier than it is now.
kayla74 kayla74 9 years
DFW is not so conducive to walking, biking or public transport. It's just too far spread out and it's not alawys easy to get a job even if your own town. I work about a 20 minute drive from where I live and I drive through about 4 different towns to get to work.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
If I didn't have two young kids I would probably use my car WAY less. But it's just not an option.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
I'm coming up on my 4th anniversary of being car-free! More than anything else, I think the car issue is what might keep me from ever moving away from NYC. I don't ever want to own a car again, and I think I'd cave and get one anywhere else.
AMP AMP 9 years
I love being able to walk around in a city. I used to live in Chicago where it is unnecessary to own a car at all. Now I live in LA, where a car is necessary, but thankfully I work very close to my apt so I am able to walk there. Not only does it cut down on gas $, but I love being able to be outside in the sunshine for 15 mins before I have to sit all day behind a desk. It does wonder for my mood.
kia kia 9 years
Yes this is awesome. My husband and I recently moved to a bike and pedestrian friendly town. We have gassed the car up for the second time since being here but have primarily been on our bikes and feet. It is good. We are grateful we decided to move to this city with these alternatives in the midst of all these crude barrel records being reached.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
That's one thing I like about the city and hate about the suburbs (where I live). The city is set up where it easier to walk around to places, but here I feel like I'm in the way and it just isn't as good as in the city. I do think though, that I could take trips to the local Stop and Shop walking since typically only a couple of things are bought there at one time anyway and we wouldn't have to look for parking.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
when I worked downtown (and couldn't drive because parking was insanely expensive) I would walk EVERYWHERE! I never did cardio at the gym because I walked so much! Now that I work outside downtown (and can dive and I have to!) I have noticed a weight gain...hence why I have been working my ASS OFF at the gym! And I feel that I look the best I ever have!
colleenb colleenb 9 years
I lost 10 lbs. my first year in New York just from walking! I never even went to the gym.
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