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Earl Strong, Assistant Fitness Director for the MWR Fitness Program at Yokosuka Naval Base.

Earl Strong, Assistant Fitness Director for the MWR Fitness Program at Yokosuka Naval Base. (Jim Schulz / S&S)

Earl Strong, Assistant Fitness Director for the MWR Fitness Program at Yokosuka Naval Base.

Earl Strong, Assistant Fitness Director for the MWR Fitness Program at Yokosuka Naval Base. (Jim Schulz / S&S)

Lt. Wayne Gayle assigned to the USS Curtis Wilbur does cardiovascular workout Christmas Eve day at the Fleet Recreation Center. To get other to stay fit base fitness directors created a cardio challenge at Yokosuka Naval Base.

Lt. Wayne Gayle assigned to the USS Curtis Wilbur does cardiovascular workout Christmas Eve day at the Fleet Recreation Center. To get other to stay fit base fitness directors created a cardio challenge at Yokosuka Naval Base. (Jim Schulz / S&S)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Base athletic officials have created an incentive to help people maintain workouts during the holiday season.

Get your heart racing for 45 minutes every day for eight days and win a T-shirt and water bottle.

“Keep Off the Holiday Pounds — Cardio Burns” is one of a few yearly cardio challenges created by the Wellness Center and Morale Welfare and Recreation.

“We want to motivate people to work out,” said Earl Strong, assistant fitness director. The program encourages cardiovascular exercise — the kind that gets heart rates up and reduces stress, weight gain and the risk of heart disease.

The cardio challenges are generally timed for when people need them most — during the holidays and summer. The fitness department also organizes fun runs and other programs to keep sailors and families fit.

Participants in the Cardio Burn started Wednesday and continue through Jan. 2. They can choose any cardiovascular exercise — running, walking, swimming or a cardio machine. They must complete 45 daily minutes of activity; different exercises may be counted throughout the day, but the 45-minute total must be completed daily.

Participants fill in their exercises on a log, turn it in Jan. 2 and earn the prizes.

About a dozen people signed up, Wellness staff said. The program uses the honor system since there’s no check-in or official procedure for clocking workouts.

But cheating the program, staff members said, is cheating yourself.

The cardio challenge is open to anyone 15 years old and older at any base gym.

For more information contact the center at 241-4486.

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