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Exercise – Get up and Get Moving!

May 10, 2011

During deployment, when we are on that treadmill of getting along as best we can, taking care of everyone else; we tend to forget about ourselves. We forget to work out, we forget to exercise, we forget to eat right, we forget us!

On the heels of Military Spouse Appreciation Day – The White House has announced an initiative, tying in the Let’s Move campaign with Joining Forces.  Form the First Lady’s speech:

  First, the International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association has agreed to offer free memberships to immediate family members of actively deployed National Guard and Reserve members.  They’re aiming to offer more than 100,000 free memberships — the equivalent of more than 18 million free days of access to gyms and health clubs across the country.  Starting June 1st, you can log on to to learn how to find a club in your area and sign up for free.

I was happy to see that Guard and Reserve members are getting the recognition they deserve. I know from experience, deployments are tough on those who are in non military areas, where “out of sight, out of mind” seems to be the attitude sometimes!

Mrs. Obama continued:

The second, is the American Council on Exercise has agree to provide at least 1 million hours of free personal training and fitness instruction to the same group of families.

So not only will you be able to join a gym, but you’ll be able to get a personal trainer as well.  So that’s even more of an incentive to get started, to get healthy.  Right?  I mean, what more — free gym membership!  A trainer!  No excuse.  (Laughter.)  And you can learn about his offer at as well.

And finally, the members of our Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition have committed to doing a special series of events and outreach with military families all across the country.

A lot of these gyms have childcare available – so there’s another great reason for joining.  time to work out, time to get moving, time to spend on yourself.  The kids can learn to get some exercise, playing and moving.  It’s a great way for all of us to get rid of some of that frustration and “get moving”.  Go to to find out more.


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  1. May 10, 2011 1:50 pm

    That’s brilliant! Honestly PT helps one’s soul as much as one’s body.

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