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Get Moving for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May

Col. Bill Routt, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Director of Safety, prepares to begin his timed work out of the day at the Ramstein Air Base Northside Fitness Center Feb. 14, 2009. The idea behind CrossFit Ramstein is to challenge a person's strengths and weaknesses and to improve their total human performance. CrossFit focuses on 10 fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)

Col. Bill Routt, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Director of Safety, prepares to begin his timed workout of the day at the Ramstein Air Base Northside Fitness Center Feb. 14, 2009. The idea behind CrossFit Ramstein is to challenge a person's strengths and weaknesses and to improve their total human performance. CrossFit focuses on 10 fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination and accuracy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grovert Fuentes-Contreras

Staff Sgt. Amy Mackey, NCOIC of Communication and Information Systems for the Air Force Element Personnel Exchange Program (left), charges forward during the 5K LOVESWEET memorial run, March 18, 2009, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The run was in honor of Tech. Sgt. Jessica Sweet, 435th Communication Squadron supply troop, who lost a hard fought battle to Acute Myelogeneous Leukemia Feb. 12 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston)

Staff Sgt. Amy Mackey, NCOIC of Communication and Information Systems for the Air Force Element Personnel Exchange Program (left), charges forward during the 5K LOVESWEET memorial run, March 18, 2009, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The run was in honor of Tech. Sgt. Jessica Sweet, 435th Communication Squadron supply troop, who lost a hard fought battle to Acute Myelogeneous Leukemia Feb. 12 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kenny Holston)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Clawson and Staff Sgt. Dwight Scott press a bail of rolled towels during the Total Fit challenge hosted by the Health and Wellness Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2008. They were able to win the competion with the time of 9:49. (U.S. Air Force photo by  Airman 1st Class Nathan Lipscomb) (RELEASED)

Staff Sgt. Christopher Clawson and Staff Sgt. Dwight Scott press a bail of rolled towels during the Total Fit challenge hosted by the Health and Wellness Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 21, 2008. They were able to win the competion with the time of 9:49. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Lipscomb) (RELEASED)

Airmen of the 1st Combat Communications Squadron work out using the Total Fitness program as part of their physical training Feb. 27, 2009, at Ramstein Air Base. The 1st Combat Communications Squadron has increased their overall squadron PT score by six points. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)

Airmen of the 1st Combat Communications Squadron work out using the Total Fitness program as part of their physical training Feb. 27, 2009, at Ramstein Air Base. The 1st Combat Communications Squadron has increased their overall squadron PT score by six points. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grovert Fuentes-Contreras)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- President John F. Kennedy remarked at the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame banquet, "We have become more and more not a nation of athletes but a nation of spectators. What we need is a nation of participants in the vigorous life." With May designated National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the time is now to get moving and start enjoying that "vigorous life." 

The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports designated the month as National Physical Fitness and Sports month in 1983 as a means of inspiring Americans to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. 

"Americans of all ages need physical activity as a part of their daily routines. Adults need at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity five days a week and children should be enjoying at least 60 minutes of daily active play." said Melissa Johnson, executive director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. 

Within the Kaiserslautern Military Community the theme is the same, as various organizations step-up their operations tempo, increase unit physical training, and encourage individual participation in physical activities. 

"Simply moving the body more aids in increasing physical fitness and decreases the risk of numerous health problems." commented Air Force Maj. Lisa Tauai, Health Promotion Flight Commander. 

"Make fitness a habit. Break it up into shorter sessions throughout your day if you need to. You don't have to train for a marathon to achieve fitness," said Lt. Col. Chu Soh, 435th Medical Operations Squadron doctor of physical therapy. "Do a variety of activities that incorporate full body movements which target all the components of fitness to include endurance, speed, strength, power, flexibility, agility, coordination and balance. Most of all, stay within your limits and use proper form to prevent injuries which could hamper your fitness goals," said the board certified sports specialist

Minor adjustments in our daily routines could help us reap the health benefits of physical activity. Some recommendations from the PCPFS are walking or biking instead of driving, taking stairs instead of elevators, pushing a lawnmower instead of riding one or simply getting up from your desk and moving around when possible 

In the KMC, there are also several options and opportunities for military and family members to take advantage of in their endeavor to become "participants in the vigorous life." 

"The 435th Services Squadron fitness centers provide more than 25 hardcore and other core-centric group exercise sessions. As always, the Ramstein Health and Wellness Center also offers several classes and programs to assist members with fitness endeavors." said Major Tauai.