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Stop Car Stalking and Start Walking

By November 17, 2010 3 Comments

Shelly’s Simple Suggestions: 

Shelly K, contributor to Dustin's blog



 Before I get to the topic at hand, this is my first post and I’m going to jump right into what will be regular simple suggestions of things that help me on the ongoing quest of healthy living. You may think ‘Well, MOTO’ (master-of-the obvious) sometimes, but hopefully I can occasionally provide something you can use that you haven’t taken advantage already.  I’ll delve into journey stuff later, but in the meantime, check out my brief bio on the contributors page toward the bottom. 

So, onto the topic: Tis the season for busy parking lots and my nemeses – Car Stalkers! You know, the drivers who creep behind you hoping you are parked somewhere before the magic close line and wait till you load your vehicle and depart, so they can GET-THAT-SPOT and not have to walk too far.  Or if you pass beyond the magic line, they’ll rev their engine and race around you to get back on the other side of the magic close line looking for some other store-exiter closer to the entrance.  These people have always been a pet-peeve of mine. Sometimes I like to mess with them.  Like I’ll purposely go down an aisle I’m not parked in to attract a stalker and then I’ll turn next to a car in what they’ll think is a good spot, but HAH this isn’t my car, I’m in the next aisle! Or I’ll go to my car, unload my things whilst a stalker is hovering with their blinker on and then I’ll go back in the store, even if I’m done shopping.  HAH, tricked another one!  Are you a car stalker?  DON’T BE! 

Whether it’s a busy shopping time or not, park far from the entrance and walk. Better yet, park by the farthest cart corral, grab a cart and push it in.  This is great for those with little ones.  Then we you get back to your vehicle, you don’t have to worry about leaving your kids in the car while you find a cart corral.  Its not like you will get a work-out, but hey the point is to burn calories when you can, so your equation is Calories In <= to Calories Out.  AND you won’t be a pesty stalker or have one following you …for very long:) 

What other ways do you burn a few extra calories compared to most people? Take more stairs, run to your mailbox, do squats in the check-out line (read that one in article today)????