Yesterday I wrote about Day 1 of Ris Lacoste's journey to add walking for a purpose to her life. I hope that Day 2 was just as rewarding ... and Day 3 will be easier. If you read my post, you'll see I talked about the rigors of staying within a set schedule ... today my walk couldn't happen until after 4 p.m., but I did make it happen and I feel good about myself.
I got a couple of calls about the iPhone app ... the one I use is Nike+ GPS and you can view it in iTunes here. It's $1.99 and that's it ... you'll be amazed with all you can track, view and enjoy, that is if you committed to walking and running.
I also particpate in the The President's Challenge. The President's Challenge is a presidential awards program to motivate all Americans to start and maintain a regular physical activity program for health and overall well being. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) recognizes both youth and adults for 6 weeks of physical activity on at least 5 days a week: adults are eligible for the PALA if they are active at least 30 minutes a day or if they walk 10,000 steps a day measured by a pedometer; youth ages 6 to 17 are eligible for the PALA if they are active 60 minutes a day or walk 11,000 (girls) to 13,000 (boys) steps a day. A log for the PALA may be downloaded from the program Web site
Considering the attention exercise and food have gotten recently, you might think this initiative is a recent creation ... no, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports was established as the President's Council on Youth Fitness, on July 16, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower after the President learned the results of a report indicating that American children were less fit than European youth. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy expanded the mandate to all Americans as well as youth. We've been working toward fat and lazy for some time now, ignoring the warning signs and efforts to get us up and out.
OK, enough of all this ... consider walking, consider supporting Ris (I do) but must of all, do it for yourself. We'll check back with Ris in a week or so and see how's she doing.