An Exercise in Movement


Sitting for too long is not good for us. Body parts can seize up and movement becomes slower and perhaps a little more difficult.

This made me think of my poor car. It has been sitting in the garage for six weeks with only one five-minute outing in all that time. I thought of all the fluids a car needs to use to keep it mobile. Mine was not using its fluids at all. I thought of the brakes…would they seize up after all that sitting? I thought of the tires; would they flatten with the weight of the auto body sitting on them all that time without movement?

Feeling a little guilty, I took my car out for some exercise yesterday. The brakes groaned their thanks, the tires happily hummed along the roads, and the gas tank gurgled its pleasure. All the other fluids silently came to life doing their singular jobs of keeping their vehicle running smoothly. I was particularly proud of the engine; it did not balk once at being called into action after a six week hiatus.

For sure it was an exercise in movement for the car as well as me. I got to lift my foot on and off the gas pedal and brake, shift my torso in and out of the vehicle, flick my fingers over the signals, and my hands and arms engaged in steering a thirty-three-hundred or so hunk of metal around bends and curves.

That was yesterday. Today my car and I will go back to sitting. Happy Saturday.

2 thoughts on “An Exercise in Movement

  1. Now the weather is getting better, may I suggest you do a little run around the block every 2 weeks to avoid “Flat spotting your tires” while they sit in one position, plus keep them fully inflated @ 32 Psi, You will grow to love the reliability of the Corolla.
    It is a great choice for you or should I say a “Godsend”.

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