By Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley
314th Airlift Wing command chief
As we continue to take on more and more responsibilities with fewer people, being physically fit is even more important. Fitness is the lifeblood of an organization and significant in improving one’s quality of life. Each one of us need to ensure we are taking the proper fitness measures to enhance our daily living.
I’ve heard it said it can take a long period of time to get into shape, but you can get out of shape in a matter of weeks. The key is being focused in your workout program and maintaining consistency. Your goal cannot only be to pass your annual physical fitness test, because if it is, you will see a decrease in your fitness level after your test. The Air Force has done a study documenting that the average person gains ten pounds and three inches on their waist three months after taking their physical fitness test. My suggestion to you is that you make fitness a lifestyle versus only focusing on a test date.
The benefits of regular exercise range from increased energy, lowering blood pressure and relieving stress...to name a few. We need to lead by example in this vital aspect of readiness and personal health. It is very encouraging to me to see units involved in organized exercise programs. If we truly care about our people, then we owe it to them to create and foster an environment that promotes physical fitness.
Finally, as you become more physically active, please use common sense and proper safety measures as you improve your lifestyle. Proper hydration can be the difference between a great workout or a trip to the hospital. Also, for our more seasoned folks, it may be a good idea to properly warm up before exercising. The bottom line is to get active and remain committed to your program. Combat Airlift!