There are truly handicapped/disabled people, through no fault of their own, who need to park close. My mother is truly disabled. I think it's great that parking is provided for them. Who knows? That could be me, someday.
However, correct me if I'm wrong, it seems some folks consider it to be an entitlement/rite of passage or old-age perk to get a permit to park close.
I've got painful hip joints (not in need of replacement) and an arthritic knee, and all those other aches and pains we get (Rub some dirt in it, Pilgrim!). Some days are worse than others. At times I limp. But, I stay active riding a bicycle several miles (at least 7) every day or playing 18 holes of golf, literally running at times. I enter 5Ks, once in a while.
I meet the pain head-on and deal with it. I swear I'd be disabled if I gave in to the pain and babied myself. I'm from the use it or lose it camp when it comes to my being mobile. I will put myself through a daily endurance contest as long as I can.
I've kept a log book for 5 years now and make an entry each day (it makes me accountable.). Extra body weight is an enemy to mobility and I monitor it carefully on a controlled diet.
Parking "out," rather than close, is an opportunity to help oneself remain healthy.