Staying fit to fight during COVID-19

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  • By Airman 1st Class Davis Donaldson
  • 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

Keeping fitness goals can be hard. It can be even harder during a global pandemic, such as COVID-19.

Although the Columbus Air Force Base gym may be open, it is only available to active duty members while the base is operating under HPCON Charlie. Quentin Floyd, Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi Fitness Center director, suggested different options the community can use other than the base gym, as well as other fitness tips.

Floyd suggested members use the equipment area at Freedom Park to increase their strength by doing body weight exercises such as variations of pushups and pull-ups. In addition, the track around Freedom Park is available for cardio, he said.

“Also, for cardio, there is Perimeter Road and we have the two-mile long BLAZE Fitness Trail,” Floyd said. “They can use the foot golf course we have out there. We’re working on redoing it, but it is still available for use.”

For a more fun and less strenuous form of exercise, Floyd said members should use the fitness center’s tennis and basketball courts, and the Frisbee golf course across from the fitness center.

If all else fails and none of the facilities are an option, Floyd said people should stay moving, regardless. He says anyone can exercise anywhere, whether it be at home or outside.

“For the people that workout, then workout, you don’t need the fitness center,” he said. “There are many forms of training, such as HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) you can do on your own and plagiarize it to your own standard.”