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More miles, fewer biscuits

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-h

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Walk, ride, drive and walk again

He trudged four miles each way to work and back. A Tough taskmaster at the factory, extracting long hours of toil. But he wormed his way up. Sweating and saving, until one fine day, he bought a shining new bicycle. Six years of pedalling to worksite, and he moved on, bought himself a motorbike. Life and time move. As our man worked his way up the ladder of life and earnings, his final dream turned reality. He bought himself a used car.

Twenty years down the line, he owns a swanky house with a manicured garden, with two cars parked in his garage. Prosperity has made changes, in both, lifestyle and lfe. Physical comforts and physique.

He looked at himself in the full-length gold gilted mirror. A beer belly, sagging jaws, and a double chin too. His sedentary schedule was taking his toll. He shook his head,and made some resolutions.

Today,he walks to work everyday, four miles either way. The irony of the situation made him laugh silently. years ago he did not want to walk, so he bought a cycle, then a motorbike, and finally a car. And now after all that, he again was walking. He recalled Tolstoy's classic "How much land does a man need?" For all we have or want to, when it is time for calling quits,we just need a six foot trench.

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 June 2005
Dr.Arunachalam Kumar
Professor of Anatomy
Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore 575001 India