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Fitness: It comes in many different forms

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Fitness.

It's a word we hear often in the Air Force. But what does fitness refer to?

Does it apply to the state of our physical well-being? Or, does it refer more to our emotional and psychological fitness? Does it encompass how we prepare for and deal with family, finances, future and faith?

The answer, obviously, is yes. To all.

The first thing that probably came to your mind when you heard "fitness" was your physical shape. We all know how being able to pass, and excel, at our now semi-annual fitness test is a No. 1 priority.

Last summer, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced that changes would be made to the "culture of the fitness program" and emphasized how crucial fitness was to Airmen and the Air Force.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy also echoed the importance of fitness: "I take fitness seriously, and so should you."

Well, we at the 45th take fitness seriously too, and want to ensure that we are doing all we can to help you succeed at it.

While pursuing physical fitness, we don't want you to forget about the other areas of fitness, like your emotional and spiritual sides.

It's important that each of us keep working on the "whole package"...the total you.

Few of us can get our act together all alone. Some of us - like me - have incredible spouses that we can turn to when we need a pat on the back - or (more often) a swift kick to the backside to keep us focused and attentive on the important things in life.

Likewise, many of us have family, friends and co-workers to turn to for help in all areas of life.

Just know that here at the 45th Space Wing, we have an extended family to include commanders, first sergeants, co-workers, and support agencies who are ready to help at a moments notice, regardless of the issue. If you feel yourself falling behind in any way, please raise a hand to ask for help.

As Wingmen, it is also our responsibility to watch out for others that may need help. Together, let's look look out for one another...and "get fit!"