Election Day is finally here! Once you’ve cast your ballot, here’s something presidential—and healthy—to do instead of biting your nails until the returns come in: Take the President’s Challenge Adult Fitness Test.
Sponsored by the same initiative that brought you the Presidential Physical Fitness Award back in grade school gym class (remember those push-ups and sit-ups?), this test assesses aerobic fitness, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition for adults. It involves a 1-mile walk or 1.5-mile run; doing sit-ups, push-ups and a sit-and-reach test; and a body composition test. Enter your results into a form on the website and you get a score for each area, along with suggestions on how to improve your score.
Score lower than average on aerobic fitness? Sign up for a local run or walk for charity to get yourself in training mode. Need help with flexibility? Try these hamstring stretches. Then take the test again later—Inauguration Day sounds fitting—to see how far you’ve come.
And if you’re wondering what happened to that old test from gym class, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is phasing it out and replacing it with a new program, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, that focuses less on comparing students’ performances and more on teaching them how to set goals to improve their fitness levels—a healthy habit that will stay with them as they grow. That gets our vote.
Learn more about all the programs offered by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition at presidentschallenge.org.