Making fitness a daily habit

  • An emergency room nurse, Diane Froelich was on the road to a possible medical emergency herself: By her own description, she was out of shape and overweight.
  • What’s more, she was convinced she didn’t have time to exercise.
  • Starting in April, Froelich and about 1,800 others in southwest Michigan committed themselves to physical activities such as walking, mowing the lawn, and biking for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
  • Participants recorded the number of minutes they exercised each day on the Fit 2007 Web site, which also featured tips for increasing activity levels and inspirational stories from exercisers.
  • About 1,000 of the people who signed up recorded more than 4.7 million minutes for an estimated 236,500 miles, according to the program’s Webmaster, Bob Brown, who divided the minutes by 20 to calculate the approximate mileage.
  • In a survey conducted after the program ended, about a third of the participants reported improved fitness habits, said Brown, a member of the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo.
  • Past District Governor Karl Sandelin launched the program in 2006 as a 90-day project.
  • During Fit 2007, Sandelin, 79, logged 750 miles as a member of a team at a retirement center that included a 100-year-old participant.
     
     

Participants of Fit 2007, a six-month fitness challenge sponsored by District 6360 (Michigan, USA)

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