By Andrea Griesser
GARMISCH, Germany – The Garmisch Family and MWR Mueller Fitness Center completed its annual Healthy Lifestyle Challenge with more than 100 people in 16 teams participating from January 9 through March 5.
Garmisch Family and MWR began the challenge 15 years ago as a way to encourage members of the community to start the New Year by adopting a healthy lifestyle and sustain good exercise routines.
The staff at the fitness center began the challenge by conducting a participant fitness assessment and then conducted a final assessment at the end of the eight-week program.
During the program, participants received weekly newsletters containing trending information on healthy diet options, recipes, training systems and weekly challenges. Additionally, contestants were expected to complete different tasks each week in order to receive bonus points – for example, teams competed for extra points by encouraging healthy eating habits during a vegetarian recipe exchange evening. Other team events included skiing, yoga nights and group training at the gym to bring out the team spirit during the challenge.
“It helped me kick start the year for a healthier me and to see where I was physically with the pre-assessment as well as setting realistic goals for the eight week program. Great tips were received along the way,”said Mandy Radloff, Garmisch community member. “For me personally I have seen the success other participants have accomplished and it helps me continue to reach for my goals. It was competitive, but also a very supportive program. Can’t wait for next year’s program.”
This year’s challenge ended with 89 percent of the initial participants completing the program – an improvement of 25 percent from the year before. A total of 211 pounds were lost, 80 percent of the participants showed improvement in strength, and 31 percent of the participants showed cardiovascular improvement.
The 16th Garmisch Healthy Lifestyle Challenge will start sometime in early January 2018.
Photo Credits: Don Breisch, Mueller Fitness Center manager