‘Every crisis has a silver lining’: why Big Sur’s isolation is inducing people fitter
Winter blizzards battered this stretching of coastal California, blocking the sole road but residents forced to leave their autoes at home have been feeling the benefit
A community on the stretching of coastal California known as Big Sur has been largely cut off from the outside world since winter stormscollapsed a bridge to the north and triggered landslides to the south, blocking the sole road.
For residents who remain, the only way in and out bar helicopter is on foot, via a steep, rugged hiking trail carved out of forested slopes. From dawning till dusk “theyre using” it get to and from school, work, grocery store and other amenities.
Six months of huffing and puffing afterward the Big Sur health center has noticed something: all the workout is inducing people healthier.
Every crisis has a silver lining, said Sharen Carey, the executive director. People have lost weight. Theyre improving their cardiovascular system. Theyre sleeping better.
One patient who had diabetes, and declined drug, is all but cured, she said. He was required to walk the trail five days a week. Since February he has lost 24 lb. His numbers ran from diabetic to pre-diabetic. His blood pressure is normal. On newspaper hes just about normal.
Another patient with diabetes, and one with pre-diabetes, also depicted marked improvement, told Carey. Many other patients reported simply feeling better and more energised.
Theyre get outdoors and working. The ones who have lost weight have reported that theyre more energetic. Sleep, blood pressure, heart rate, they all benefit.
The trail was a mile and a half a three-mile round trip. That comprised about 4,000 steps which burned approximately 200 to 300 calories, said Carey, citing her Fitbit. It doesnt sound like much but its not just about burning calories, its get your heart rate working.
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