As I get older and my metabolism slows, I like to do more things that promote good health in small doses. I always take the stairs, not the elevator. I don’t mind parking far away from the entrance of a store so I have to walk farther. I try not to sit for too long at work–apparently sitting is terrible for you.
I also tend to justify indulgences through exercise. For example, if I know I’m going to play soccer later that day, I might have a soda with lunch. Just today I wanted popcorn at a movie, so I opted to walk to the theater instead of drive. I figure those types of things balance out for the most part.
This brings me to the brilliant idea I read about recently. There is a new ice cream shop in LA called Peddler’s Creamery where you can churn your own ice cream before eating it, essentially burning off at least some of the calories in advance (or afterwards. The bikes are stationary, so they’re not going anywhere).
Sure, there are plenty of times when you want a treat without having to work for it or earn it. In those cases, you can just buy your ice cream at Peddler’s without peddling. But for those times when you can’t decide if the ice cream is worth the extra pound or two, this is a great way to convince you to buy a scoop anyway and immediately burn it off.
It reminds me a little bit of a gym I wrote about a while back where the stationary bikes help to generate electricity for the gym. But I think I like this one better–ice cream is a lot more delicious than watts.
Have you ever been to a place like this?