Health & Safety

September 20, 2013

Healthy Base Initiative

Getting Active and Having Fun through Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Service members and their families work hard-on duty, at jobs inside and outside the home and at school. When it’s time to play, March Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs offer a huge range of activities, classes and facilities to improve your mental and physical well-being and encourage your personal development. You can work up a sweat in the fitness center, join an intramural sports team, or enjoy an outing with a group of other service members and families who share your interests.

If you want to lose a few pounds, tone your arms and abs, or improve your cardiovascular fitness, the March Fitness Center is the place to be! Rain or shine, heat and humidity, you can work out in climate-controlled comfort and get both strength training and cardiovascular workouts. Working out on modern treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike equipment also allows you to track your workout time, mileage and calories burned and to adjust the degree of difficulty to your liking.

Go it alone or work with a personal trainer, provided free at the gym, to set fitness goals and develop a plan to help you meet them. For variety, attend a weekly spin, yoga or TRX class. In addition, the fitness center holds weekly or monthly fitness and recreation competitions such as an upcoming jumping rope competition, Sept. 24. There are also facilities around base to use such as the tennis court or the new base track, where you can track miles and earn incentives for the 500 mile club.

Mix it up by using a combination of facilities and activities to keep your workouts fresh. Also, varying your routine and incorporating low-impact activities can help you avoid injury. For a change of scenery, you can always go off the installation on a group hike at a nearby park or on some other “exercise outing.”  The single airman activities and RecOn programs provided through outdoor recreation provide members with some of these activities, including a recent zip-lining and aqua boarding trip.

Team sports are also an option for a great way to stay in shape. They’re also a great way to meet people and strengthen social ties with the military community here. Competition can help you push yourself just a little bit harder, and being part of a team also teaches valuable lessons on what it means to sacrifice for the good of the group-lessons that translate well both to military service and military home and family life.

In addition to the usual softball and basketball teams, force support staff also arrange volleyball, bowling and racquetball teams. Visit the fitness center or call to find out about registration deadlines and how to sign up. As you get fitter and faster, you might want to explore competitive runs or other fitness competitions held on or near base, such as the Air Force Marathon or March Zombie Run. You don’t have to enter to win. You can choose to challenge yourself to achieve a specific personal goal or new “personal best” effort.

If you can’t quite picture yourself fielding a fly ball or bowling the perfect frame, here’s another fun way to “team up” and get fit: by taking The President’s Challenge. Open to both kids and adults, you can take the President’s Challenge with your spouse, your child, a group of friends or on your own if you prefer. The President’s Challenge lets you choose from two distinct challenges: The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award encourages more everyday activity and better eating habits, while the Presidential Champion’s Challenge is designed for those who are already active but want to “take it to the next level.” You earn points by logging your activities in a free online activity tracker and then earn bronze, silver, gold or platinum awards by reaching different point totals. Visit The President’s Challenge site for more info at https://www.presidentschallenge.org/.

Also, be sure to pay your installation force support staff program professionals a visit. They’re the experts on facilities, programs and classes on and off your installation and can get you started on the road to fitness, personal fulfillment and fun!

For more information visit the March Force Support Squadron website at www.marchfss.com.
(The majority of this article is used courtesy of http://www.militaryonesource.mil/mwr?content_id=269882.)




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