While on a recent visit to Tucson, Arizona, two thoughts came to mind relative to health, they are exercise and relaxation. Exercise because the opportunities seemed boundless. And relaxation because just being out in the surrounding Sonoran Desert felt peaceful.
Tucson offers plenty of places to go for running, cycling and hiking. This city is surrounded by public lands (e.g. Saguaro National Park) with well maintained desert trails and miles of out-of-city road for you to enjoy your activity of choice.
Travel health tip regarding the best time of year for an exercise filled trip to Tucson is anytime but summer. Summertime in Tucson is hot, so activity in the heat requires special precautions to avoid dehydration and heat illnesses. Also, your body needs time (about 2 weeks) to adapt for efficient cooling if you are not otherwise adjusted.
Should you venture out into the desert on foot watch your step to avoid venomous creatures, specifically rattlesnakes, scorpions and Gila monsters. A snake bite from a rattler requires antivenin treatment, so seek immediate medical attention. A bite from the other two can cause a very painful reaction, but rarely is life-threatening.
Tucson, AZ, is highly recommended if you need a stress relief retreat. Being in nature and under the sun is scientifically proven to be restorative. And the Tucson area has plenty of both.