Green Habits Add 3 Years to Your Life

Posted on August 16, 2011


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Nearly 70% of U.S. oil consumption comes from the transportation sector – mainly in the form of gasoline. If everyone chose a few Green Habits – walk (or bike) for part of our transportation needs –  there would be a tremendous savings on energy and health care costs … and you would live longer. A recent study released by The Lancet also shows that walking or biking 15 minutes per day would increase life expectancy by three years.

When you do drive, here are a few important tips to get the most for your mileage:

  • Arrange a carpool or telecommute.
  • Plan an efficient route for your commute and running errands.
  • Follow a regular maintenance schedule.
  • Keep tires properly inflated.
  • Turn off the engine when idle.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary items.
  • Avoid aggressive driving, including speeding and hard breaking.

Dr. Eun Kim, an international author and global leadership coach, lists “Drive Less, Walk More” and other ways in which consumers can “Green UP” in her book titled Seven UPs (A Guide to the Good Life for Boomers and Gen Xers). Based on the author’s journey around the world, it presents 50 ways for living the good life now and in the future.

Having reviewed hundreds of consumer electronics products (and green gadgets), I believe:

Green Habits are Better than Green Gadgets.

As the Chinese philosopher, Confucius, stated, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”


Will you be walking more or biking more each day? Your comments are welcome.

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Excerpts from Seven UPs are used with permission from the author. It is available in Paperback or eBook formats. More information about Dr. Kim is available at

© 2011 by Ed Valdez. All rights reserved.

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