April Showers Bring May…FITNESS

by Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn L. Rich
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

While the month of May brings flowers, Maypoles and barbecues, for the last 28 years it has also been recognized as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

This enterprise was started by the National Presidential Council Initiative. The Air Force adopted and started celebrating this unique month shortly after its inception.
This May the KMC is hosting several events to start the season off right. Whether you want to begin a fitness routine or move your existing regimen into high-gear, there is going to be something available for everyone.

Ramstein is poised and ready to join this month’s recognition with vigor. The month of events will kick off with a Spring-into-May-Fitness 5K Fun-Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Southside Fitness Center.

“The run is open to all ID cardholders, families are highly encouraged to participate, and the route is stroller friendly,” said Rachel Miller, Ramstein Southside Fitness Center programming specialist.

Events throughout the month also include a spin-a-thon, fitness classes such as Delicious Abs, Yoga Sculpt, Combat Kick, an aerob-a-thon and many more. These events are designed for people to enjoy regardless of their fitness level. All events are free and refreshments will be available. For more information, call or visit your local fitness center.

In addition to many one-time classes and events, there are ongoing programs such as Strong man/woman, the Road Runner, Walking Warriors and Wheels of Steel challenges that are offered at the North and Southside fitness centers on Ramstein as well as at the Vogelweh Fitness Center.

Ms. Miller said fitness isn’t something that should be addressed one month out of the year. Studies have shown time and again that having a regular fitness routine leads to better and longer health and more productivity.

“(Fitness) is absolutely imperative to a healthy happy lifestyle,” Ms. Miller said. “Everywhere you look research has shown that leading a healthy lifestyle, eating right and staying physically fit leads to a longer and happier life.”

As military members, we are all too aware of how our careers rely on maintaining a standard of fitness.

“As far as I’m concerned, we have one of the most important missions in the Air Force ― to make sure everybody passes their PT test,” said Master Sgt. Carlo Ramirez, NCO in charge of the Vogelweh Fitness Center.

Sergeant Ramirez has been in the fitness field for eight years and knows how important it is to the military members in our community.

“I would like folks to be aware of all the programs we offer to help them achieve their fitness goals all year-round, not just during May’s fitness month,” he said.
The Air Force mission is also affected by its members’ health and physical condition ― from manning issues in individual duty sections to placing a strain on medical providers.

“Fitness and good health affects every part of the Air Force mission,” Ms. Miller said. “Without a healthy lifestyle, members are more susceptible to illness, causing possible manning shortages in an already stressed military.”

Taking the plunge this May, and taking advantage of the weather, organized programs and events will make the transition to a healthier lifestyle a little easier.

“I would like everyone to know that we are here for them to help them achieve their goals whether it is passing their PT test, losing weight or feeling good about themselves,” Sergeant Ramirez said.