PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The new year is well-known for being associated with new goals, but the holiday isn’t the reason why Col. Todd Moore, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st Space Wing command chief, chose to participate in a fitness assessment at the Health Promotion Office in the Fitness Center.
Moore and Bronson scheduled several months in advance to complete the Bod Pod Body Fat Assessment, Biomechanical Gait Analysis and VO2 max Fitness Assessment on Jan. 5 to try a new experience and to learn more about their physical fitness.
“I am very thankful that we have these kind of resources available to help us have some kind of tangible understanding of our fitness and wellness,” Moore said. “I got a lot out of it because I know this time of year I am not in top physical condition. This measurement gives me a baseline to compare to in the future.”
In addition to the Bod Pod Body Fat Assessment; the Biomechanical Gait Analysis, which assesses elements of running through a video analysis; and the VO2 max Fitness Assessment, which determines fitness level, the Health Promotion Office also provides Diabetes Classes, an Individual Nutrition Consultation, a Tobacco Cessation Intervention and more.
More Airmen should take advantage of what’s offered at the Fitness Center, Bronson said.
"They have great services here I don’t think a lot of the base knows about,” Bronson said. “The equipment they have here and the science that goes behind improving your fitness and your overall well-being — you just have to utilize it.”
Even if Airmen are able to pass their physical test, they shouldn’t assess how fit they are based solely on their results, said Bill Goins, 21st Force Support Squadron, Fitness Center, exercise physiologist.
“If you pass your fitness test — great. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fit,” Goins said. “We all know folks who don’t ever work out and still pass the PT test.
“Make fitness something that is personal to you and have personal goals. When you start to set personal goals that don’t have anything to do with the Air Force fitness test, then hopefully you’ll seek out the decades of expertise that you have available to you.”
For more information about services offered through the Health Promotion Office, visit 21fss.com or call 719-556-4462.