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Challenge Idea: Stand Up for Heart-Health

This April, challenge each of your department members to get up on their feet and exercise in honor of Foot Health Awareness Month. There are many different exercises that can be performed on your feet and without the need of any exercise equipment, including walking, running, hiking, and various team sports. Chores such as mopping the floors or washing and waxing the apparatus at your station are also great ways to get exercise.

Getting up on your feet and exercising can be very beneficial to your body and health. Exercising can reduce stress, strengthen your bones, burn calories, tone your muscles, and lower your risk of chronic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine recommend that adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most (preferably all) days of the week to improve health.

Challenge Rules:

  1. Choose an activity that you can do on your feet for 30 minutes.
  2. Log the activity you completed and the duration on the “Stand-up Log.”
  3. Strive for as many different activities throughout the month as possible.
  4. You have successfully completed this challenge when you have reached 20 days with at least 30 minutes of exercise during the month of April.

To motivate your department members, try sending out weekly emails with different types of activities to do your feet, motivational messages and quotes, and exercise tips. Seek out ways to exercise as a department, such as group walks/ runs, basketball, and hiking trips. Install a basketball hoop or a volleyball net at your firehouse. Put up a bulletin board with tips for exercising in the station. Find more fitness resources and activity ideas on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site. Visit the American Podiatric Medical Association’s web site for information on general foot health.

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