Tucson Moves a Million Miles
Thanks to everybody who took part in the Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor challenge.
The 100-mile challenge was the start of a new effort the Mayor’s Office is launching to encourage Tucsonans to Move a Million Miles! We’ll have details on that soon, so keep moving and logging your miles to help us meet the goal.
Walking, running, bicycling and other exercise will help make Tucson an even healthier and more active community. Regular movement of your body helps reduce the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Other benefits include weight loss, stronger bones and improved emotional outlook.
Keep up the good work!
Here’s some advice from UA Life & Work Connections Director Darci A.Thompson:
What should you look for in a walking shoe? With so many sports specific choices available, choosing the right shoe can be challenging. If walking is your primary activity then a “walking shoe” is your best choice. Walking shoes are designed for the unique heel-to-toe rolling motion of the foot which is very different from a running stride. With that in mind consider these points as well:
- Get fitted for a shoe at the time of day you are likely to walk – our feet swell as the day goes on.
- Wear the sock you plan to walk in – synthetic fibers are best for blister prevention.
- You should be able to wiggle your toes, your heel should not slip and the ball of your foot should match up with the widest part of the shoe.
Good posture is important for walking form, so you may find it helpful to do a few shoulder rolls and gentle chin to chest neck stretches before a walk if you have been sitting for any length of time. As you walk, focus on keeping your head lifted and shoulders aligned over hips and relaxed. Stretching the lower body before a walk isn’t necessary, just begin at a stroll and gradually increase your pace as you warm up. Allow your arms to swing naturally and move into a pattern of relaxed deep breathing. Keep in mind that walking hills improves cardiovascular endurance while getting legs in great shape.
John Reid of the Healthy You Network offers some tips to stay healthy when embarking on a long walk:
- Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables
- Eat more whole grains, and beans.
- Limit or eliminate processed foods.