Sergio asks: “Whatza witha you Americansa no lika the stepza?”

What a bellisimo time I had on our walking tour of Naples and the Amalfi Coast…Fantastico!!

I met some amazing people from around the world…

705“PH” and Gerrie from Hong Hong

I ate lots of awesome pizza…

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I took breathtaking, picturesque walks through Capri and cities on the Amalfi coast…

Amalfi coast

I ate lots of awesome pizza…

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I drank local wines, lemoncello and other local alcoholic beverages with “my girls”…

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Did I mention I ate lots of awesome pizza?

And by the way, legend has it that the Margherita pizza was invented in Naples in 1889 when Queen Margherita commissioned Neapolitan pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito to make a pizza named after her and incorporating the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato,) green (basil,) and white (mozzarella.)

See? I can offer interesting tidbits of info that have nothing to do with moving your assets!!…but not for long…

…Cuz my next rhetorical question, imposed by our fearless Italian guide, Sergio, has to do with lots of asset moving, or should I say lack of asset moving.

1,270 steps

Prompted by a few “oohs” and “ahs” from the peanut gallery (our group) when he announced that our walk would include climbing up 1,270 steps, Sergio asked:

“Whatza witha you Americansa no lika the stepza?”

Here is Sergio sporting his assets (at my request, of course):

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And you can see he’s not exactly a spring chicken.

I absolutely agree with you, Sergio, that (the majority of) Americans “no lika the stepza.” Not only do most Americans whine and complain when they even glance at a set of stairs, but they avoid them like the plague and use the mindless people-movers 99 out of 100 times when given the choice.

Since your body (especially your assets) is built for pushing you up, that means avoiding climbing can really wreak havoc on your body especially on your knees, lower back and hips!! So sitting on your assets instead of using them to climba the stepza izza notta gooda thinga!

In fact, Sergio, the motivation behind my book Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank! is the fact that middle-aged Americans are still blaming their aches and ailments on their teenage feats of athleticism and 40-year-old injuries from hopscotch and badminton rather than on the 40 years of discontinued body part use.

I know many folks who admit to not using steps in years, especially Floridians who live in one-story houses or condos.

In your beautiful city of Naples, everyone walks and climbs…everyone! And we are not talking flat, horizontal Florida. You introduced us to people, in their 60s and 70s who climb every day, just to go to the local grocery store. It’s just part of their daily routine so I guess it really doesn’t matter whether they enjoy stepza or notta!

Remarkably, even though Italians eat lots of bread and pasta, yummy foods that our American “carbophobes” seem to steer clear of, I did not see one obese person, not one in 8 days! I saw lots of street scooters, but not ONE slow, motorized sidewalk scooter (used by many overweight young folks in our country who have given up on walking.)

Even though some of us oohed and ahhed before our ascent, we all happily made it up with no boo boos and with better butts.

Even our 70ish-year-old bus driver Luigi (blue shirt at the top of the steps) joined in on the action:

Luigi

Don’t worry, Sergio and Luigi, I am doing a great job getting American folks to revisit their unused body parts and have successfully gotten many middle-aged folks into awesome shape!

Hopefully my book will motivate thousands of folks to lika the stepza again, like they did when they were young whippersnappers.

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Doc and resistance band

Making butts better in Positano

I just returned from an 8-day walking tour of Naples, Italy, and surrounding areas. It was fantastico, to say the least!

There are many amazing highlights but let me just mention the ones here that have to do with asset moving. There were 17 of us in our Classic Journeys tour group and I was the youngest at 47…the oldest was 75!

Remember peeps, this was a walking tour and this is not flat, horizontal Florida! In fact, we climbed up and down thousands of feet on a daily basis. Here, for example, is near-vertical Positano:

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One day we hiked outside Positano to our destination — which included 1,270 steps…I kid you not. Here I am encouraging my fellow hikers to use their assets to push them, rather than rely on their quadriceps (and knees) to do the work and pull them.

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I write a lot about disappearing assets and consequent overload on your poor knees in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank!

What a huge success!! We all made it to our destination, Luca and Maria's mountain house thousands of feet up — whine and kvetch-free!

And our reward: Warm Italian hospitality with homemade wine and mozzarella cheese — and we got to make our own pizza! It was one of the best I ever had! And of course lots of whine, I mean wine!

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And we made it safely down 1,270 steps with even better butts than we started with!

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Bethy’s question of the day: Name that benefit

Have you ever read any profound study or scientific literature that lists the endless benefits of sitting on your assets? Probably not.

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Can you name any benefit you will receive if you sit for a prolonged period of time? Even one? Probably not.

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Grab a blank piece of paper and pen and see if you can think of any benefits that sitting on your assets for a prolonged period of time can do for your body.

Thought of any? Keep thinking…I'll wait….

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Bethy’s pet peeve of the day: Don’t get me started!

We are meant to move! Think about it…

When a baby takes his or her first steps, mommy and daddy are so impressed. It’s as if all we really want to do is get up and go. It’s instinctual. It’s a miracle! 

 
Baby walking

On the other hand, when a 40-something woman tells me with pride, “I just started walking,” it’s not such a miracle!

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I’ll share a lot more about this pet peeve of mine in my book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank! Don’t get me started right now!