Have you been Chicago?


Have you ever considered walking from NW Arkansas to Chicago! That would be quite an adventure, don’t you think?

During our Start A New YOU! Program, we will be tracking our exercise as a group, each week tallying the total and plotting it on our map. We will plot from Eureka Spring, Arkansas to Chicago, Illinois, USA (591 miles)!

Chicago is a great place but we don’t want to get stuck in Chicago…we need to get back to Eureka Springs (another 591 miles)! Can we do it? YES WE CAN, ALL TOGETHER!!!

We will also tally each individual and will have a weekly award for each individual that meets the goal of the week every day of the previous week!

The first week’s reward will be a button or certificate (online) with one star. Please wear this button at each group session.

Each following week that you meet the goal, you will receive another star.

At our 8th session together, you will receive another star. If you have met every goal, you will receive a certificate of outstanding accomplishment!

We will also give a grand prize to each participant if EVERYONE in the group meets all the exercise goals for the entire program.

The grand prize is The Optimal Diet Cookbook, by Darlene Blaney and Has Diehl, M.D.


We will count 20 minutes of any exercise = 1 mile. So find your sneakers and Let’s Start Moving!

  • Week 1: 1 mile (20 minutes) every day
  • Week 2: 1.5 miles (30 minutes) every day
  • Week 3: 2 miles (40 minutes) every day
  • Week 4: 2.5 miles (50 minutes) every day
  • Weeks 5-8: 3 miles (60 minutes) every day

Why 60 minutes?

Several Research articles, the most recent from the prestigious journal, The Lancet (July 27, 2016), are showing the enormous benefits of an accumulative total of 60 minutes of moderate activity a day for health and weight loss. Too much sitting is bad for our health. The greatest risk of premature death is for people who sit for long periods of time and do not exercise. Sitting for long periods of time is now called “the new smoking”. Let’s step out of a sedentary lifestyle into a life of useful activity and abundant health! Are you ready?

Need some ideas of what to do for 60 minutes?

Get in 10 minutes of brisk walking before breakfast

  • Try a 3 minute break every ½ hour during the day to walk around
  • Try a 5 minute brisk walk every hour
  • March in place while watching TV or reading
  • Put on your favorite music and dance or “direct” the band
  • Walk and talk while on the phone
  • Set a timer for every 30-60 minutes to get a drink of water and take some quick steps
  • Do a set of 10 coconut stretches as was demonstrated in class
  • Go for a walk before /and or after each meal
  • 10 minutes of stair climbing
  • 15 minutes vacuuming
  • 20 minutes gardening
  • 25 minutes walking
  • 25 minutes cycling
  • 30 minutes aerobic routine on a DVD or TV


Following is a Little History of Chicago, our Trip Destination, for your enjoyment to plan some sightseeing or other (physical) activities! Happy trails!

Chicago IL. Known for the invention and advancement of several performing arts, including improvisational comedy, house music, blues, gospel, jazz, and soul, and for its Chicago School and Prairie School architecture. It continues to cultivate a strong tradition of classical music, popular music, dance, and performing arts, rooted in Western civilization, as well as other traditions carried forward by its African-American, Asian-American, European American, Hispanic American, and Native American citizens.

Home to Chicago is one of 13 metropolitan areas that have major league baseball, football, basketball, and hockey teams. All four sports play their games within the city limits. Chicago has two baseball teams. Only Chicago has had the same two teams since the American League was established in 1901.

The Chicago White Sox of the American League, who won the World Series in 2005, play at U.S. Cellular Field, located on the city’s South Side in the Armour Square neighborhood.

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs of the National League play at Wrigley Field, which is located in the North Side neighborhood of Lakeview. The area of Lakeview near the stadium is commonly referred to as “Wrigleyville.”

Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears of the National Football League play at Soldier Field. Chicago is the largest city to have an NFL stadium. The Bears have won nine American Football championships (eight NFL Championships and Super Bowl XX) trailing only the Green Bay Packers, who have thirteen.

The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association are one of the world’s most recognized basketball teams, thanks to their enormous success during the Michael Jordan era, when they won six NBA titles in the 1990s. The Bulls play at the United Center on Chicago’s Near West side.

The Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League also play at the United Center. The Hawks are an Original Six franchise, founded in 1926, and have won six Stanley Cups, including 2010, 2013, and 2015.

The Chicago Fire, members of Major League Soccer, won one league and four US Open Cups since 1997. After eight years at Soldier Field, they moved to the new Toyota Park in nearby Bridgeview at 71st and Harlem Avenue during the summer of 2006.

The central part of Chicago was largely destroyed by the Chicago Fire in 1871. Almost all the buildings currently standing in the city’s downtown area were built after that, one exception being the Chicago Water Tower.

The Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower

Around the turn of the twentieth century, Chicago was a key location in the development of the skyscraper. This movement was spearheaded by architects promoting the Chicago School design philosophy, including Louis Sullivan and others. Notable tall buildings and skyscrapers built before the mid-1930s include the Rookery Building, the Auditorium Building, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Monadnock Building, the Reliance Building, the Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building, the Marquette Building, the Chicago Building, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the London Guarantee Building, 333 North Michigan, the Carbide & Carbon Building, and the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

In the 1940s, a modernist Second Chicago School of architecture emerged from the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Buildings that he designed include 860–880 Lake Shore Drive,Crown Hall, 330 North Wabash, and the Kluczynski Federal Building.

The tallest buildings in Chicago are Willis Tower, Trump Tower, the Aon Center, the John Hancock Center, and the Franklin Center. Willis Tower was originally named Sears Tower, and was the tallest building in the world from 1973 to 1998. It is now the second-tallest building in the United States, after One World Trade Center, though the height to the roof of Willis Tower is greater than that of One World Trade Center.

The Pullman Historic District was the first planned industrial community in the United States.

Some neighborhoods in the city have many Chicago bungalow houses. Built mostly between 1910 and 1940, these single-family homes are narrow, one-and-a-half story brick structures, with gables parallel to the street.

(Copied from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Chicago)