I walk for at least 30 minutes every day. I started this routine when I started putting on a few pounds. When the weather is nicer I get out on my bicycle whenever I can as well. Finding ways to exercise doesn’t come naturally…you have to be purposeful.
For instance, I have a post office box for my business and I check it almost daily. I used to drive there…now I walk. Kroger is about the same distance in the other direction so I
try to walk there when I need groceries. Something amazing happens when you get out of your car. You see things you never did before. You become connected with the things around you instead of speeding past them.
Health officials keep warning us about the dangers of being sedentary and I think our city government has a responsibility to create opportunities for people to walk or get other exercise as much as possible. And not to have to set aside “exercise time” to go on one of the multi-million dollar out and back trails championed by the political establishment but to work it into a daily routine, walking to work, the post office, grocery store, restaurant, school, library etc. so it becomes part of our lifestyle.
We can do that as a community but it’s going to require a more deliberate vision than what currently exists among the establishment. We build costly trails while busy roads lack crosswalks and basic features to protect pedestrians. Riding a bicycle around town can be a gut wrenching experience with trails that dead end, roads with no shoulder to ride on and a lack of destinations to get to. Engaging in a more active lifestyle has had a positive effect on my own life. Creating a city that truly embraces a more active lifestyle for you and your neighbors will be a priority for me as mayor.