Having spent the last 4 days in NYC with the family, bonding, celebrating and doing the tourist thing, there was something very clear to all of us. As you look around the streets of Manhattan, most everyone appears to be a healthy weight. It’s not for lack of or lack of variety of places to eat. From street vendors peddling hot dogs and pretzels, to Chinatown, (the best) pizza on EVERY corner and so much more, it’s hard to walk more than a few feet without stumbling upon some enticing options. Even the vegan options were to die for. When Derek and I hit the Red Bamboo, in fact, I declared that I did not want anything I can make or eat at home and I did not want to eat a “healthy” meal. Instead we opted for crazy things like spicy fried “shrimp” deep fried dumplings and “seafood” tempura. All this in a vegan place. Only in NY! After eating, we headed back to our hotel. It was a couple of miles, and that was after walking a couple of miles earlier in the day.
People in NYC, both tourists and residents, clearly get their walking in. Doing some research into it this morning, it seems that most NYCers average about 4 miles of walking a day. It makes sense to me then, that walking several miles a day…most every single day, really might be the magic bullet. This has definitely given me something to think about and reminds me once again, that keeping it simple, might be bigger than the big stuff. Hmmmm.