Exercise is very important, but nobody gets a gym pass for poor diet.

Diets filled with solid fats and lots of sugar are hard calories to burn off. While exercise beneficially impacts stress levels and cardiovascular health, it’s pretty impossible to use exercise as a means to eradicate the impact of too many poor food choices.

Using 150 pounds as an average weight, here is a list of the walking time required to burn off the calories of each of these common fast foods. If you weigh in above 150, a little less time would be required; below 150 you’d have to exercise a bit more— but whatever you weigh, this average will help tell the big picture story.

A Quarter Pound Burger with Cheese:  1 hour and 19 minutes of walking

Those Large Fries:  another 1 hour and 17 minutes

A Large Soda? 43 more minutes

A Large Sweetened Iced Tea (16 oz): 27 minutes

2 pieces of Fried Chicken: 1 hour and 14 minutes

Half a frozen Pizza: 1 hour and 40 minutes

A small bag of Potato Chips?  49 minutes of walking

A 20 ounce “Sports” drink: 20 minute of walking

Cinnamon rolls? Just one is 2 hours and 14 minutes of walking

A Large Cookie? 34 minutes

Candy bar -that’s not supersized: 38 minutes

Ice-cream without chips, cookies, syrups? 46 minutes of walking per cup

Now, let’s juxtapose….

A mixed salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing? About a 6 minute walk

An apple, banana, peach, plum, cherries or pretty much any fruits or vegetables?   12-15 minutes

Of course calories are required for all of our activities throughout the day and nobody eats a perfect diet. I love good homemade cookies, pies and cakes. The point here is about balance and understanding that if the scale isn’t reading what we might prefer— it could be because there’s really no way we are burning off the amount of calories we’re unconsciously consuming. Making conscious food choices is our best health defense.

This is Silver Disobedience® philosophy. I’m @DianGriesel aka @SilverDisobedience A Perception Analyst who shares my Daily Meditations for other Ageless, Passionate & Curious People.  More info in my bio & my websites.