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Lackland offers fun ways to meet new fitness rating

By Tony Perez | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Aug. 30, 2007

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Recently, the Air Force updated its fitness policy. Now instead of marginal and poor ratings, anything below a 75 will be considered failing.

This innovation comes three years after updating the physical fitness test, which originally consisted of a cycle test.

This is great for the Air Force, and should be embraced by all members of Team Lackland, not just military personnel.

There are many ways that we can improve our fitness. Lackland offers several athletic outlets for those looking to get involved.

The intramural program alone offers numerous sports. This is a great way to not only get in a good workout, but also to get to know people within your squadron a lot better.

Some people don't like to workout alone, but intramural competition provides the community setting that many people enjoy.

Lackland also sports six different fitness centers, giving Team Lackland many convenient choices for on-base exercise.

Some people might feel they don't have the knowledge to meet their specific fitness needs. Lackland offers trainers that are willing to develop a workout plan and schedule for individuals no matter where they are on their journey to a better quality of life.

The sports and fitness program also offers 5K basewide runs, giving members of Team Lackland the opportunity to run with their peers approximately once a month.

Fitness should be emphasized to the youth of Lackland as well. There are many youth programs on base, including Fit Factor, which is an Air Force-wide program designed to encourage fitness. Furthermore,there are plenty of youth sports leagues on base.

Stacey High School has an athletic program that deserves mention and support. Perhaps watching a few high school games will encourage younger children to be more fit.

It doesn't matter your age group or skill level, there is something for everyone here on base, and we should all strive to be a little more physically active.