The Presidents Challenge was established in the presidency of President Eisenhower as a tool to assist in the education of physical fitness.
Today, it is administered by Indiana University and offers everyone a method of keeping track of their physical activity. The program offers awards as each level of fitness is achieved. Whether or not you want an award is optional.
I have been keeping track of my fitness activity with this program and only recently have I been able to progress to a higher level of fitness.
At the end of each day, I enter my activity and accrue points toward completion of that level. I found it easy to keep myself motivated just because I had this tool.
Of course, a participant can lie through the activity but that person is only fooling himself. Anybody hearing the lie will be able to readily
tell from the persons lack of ability to perform.
Last Saturday, “The Presidents Active Lifestyle Award” (PALA from here on) changed its program to include nutrition as part of fitness. Weekly
nutritional goals are established as part of weekly activity. The program is now being called “PALA+”.
Here’s an excerpt from the email they sent to me.
“Participants have their choice of eight healthy eating
goals, from eating more fruits and vegetables to choosing smaller portions.
The first week, they'll select one healthy eating goal to focus on. Each week, they'll add one new goal while maintaining their goals
from the previous weeks.
The physical activity goals stay the same: 30 minutes per day for adults and 60 minutes per day for kids and teens, at least five days
When participants accomplish both their healthy eating and physical activity goals for six out of eight weeks, they'll earn the Presidential
Active Lifestyle Award!”
The PALA program is offered free. You bear no costs, you will not be spammed, there is no expensive “upgrade” and Jillian Michaels won’t be
yelling and swearing at you. You’ll find the program easy and accommodating to your lifestyle.
And for our non- USA members: The program is equally available to them, as well.
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The Presidents Challenge to keep track of my fitness activity and
Microsoft Health Vault to keep track of my vitals. The combination is working very well, for me.