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The President’s Challenge

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

It only takes a small change. Instead of telling yourself you can’t, tell yourself you can. The President’s Challenge is a program that encourages all Americans to make being active part of their everyday lives. No matter what your activity and fitness level, the President’s Challenge can help motivate you to improve.”

I was scared of this site at first! As an adult who is fighting to get back in shape, I was very leery of the BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator where. Now I’m going to commit a cardinal sin among women and share my weight with you!

Choose the age group that represents you (Adults). Click the “find out now” link in the How Fit Are You gray box near the bottom of the page. You fill in the required information mine looks like this.

Age: 23
Gender: Female
Unit: US/English
Weight: 170 lbs.
Height: 5’8″

I clicked “Go” fearing the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised! For my height and age, the ideal BMI ranges from 19.1 to 25.8, and I come in right at 25.7. That puts me juuuust within my ideal weight range, which doesn’t mean that I don’t need to exercise and tone up. And if you look at the menu for this section, you’ll see a section called “10 ideas to get active” which gives you 10 (duh) little things you can do to increase your activity.

You know what else is neat about this site? You can track your health progress here with an activity log, but you have to sign up for one of the programs under the section “The Challenge”. There are two levels: Active Lifestyle (beginners like me who are just starting to get fit) and President’s Champions (already active folks who want a challenge).

I’m going to join the Active Lifestyle Challenge and jump rope for 30 minutes daily. There are 100 activities listed on the site, so you can choose something that suits you and your lifestyle. I’m also considering getting a pedometer to count all the steps I take in a day.

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