Rewards in store for Sasebo walkers
May 14, 2006
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Feel like shopping? Walk the length of the off-base shopping arcade for a mile round trip. Walking from the Hario Housing main gate to the Lawson convenience store earns 2¼ miles.
It all adds up and that, organizers say, is what makes the 100-Mile Walking Program, which goes on through the end of June, a perfect enticement to get in shape.
“It’s an incentive to get people up and out and active,” said Sarah Serano, Hario Fitness Center supervisor. “However you do that is up to you.”
The Hario Fitness Center and Morale, Welfare and Recreation marketing department created the program to encourage people to do what they naturally do at Sasebo — walk — in a more systematic way. Walk two miles a day and that’s 14 miles a week, more than enough to walk 100 miles before the program ends next month. The prize for doing so, besides a leg up on good health and a leaner body, is a coupon book of freebies and discounts on MWR activities.
“Walking is just popular out here,” said the program creator, Hario Fitness Center Director David Glazier. “This is a little carrot out there for them.”
He said he selected the program because it would foster motivation: Walking is fairly easy and eight weeks is long enough to make a difference and short enough to keep people interested.
“People seem to adhere to a walking program more than any other,” he said.
To make it easy, the program offers maps and brochures with routes and distances noted on base and off base. There are tips, calorie charts and tools for converting kilometers, which a car’s odometer would measure, into miles. People also can use treadmills.
“A lot of people are new here so they don’t know what do to,” said Allison Foo, MWR marketing director.
The routes also help break the 100 miles into manageable, less daunting chunks, she said. “People don’t realize every 15 minutes is a mile and people walk every day.”
The program began May 1 and runs through the end of June — when the travel and transfer seasons begin.
Those who sign up receive an instructional packet and water bottle. The packets include tips, maps and log sheets. The program works on the honor system. To get the coupon books, participants turn in their log books after hitting 100 miles.
CJ Malker, a spouse and employee at the fitness center, is one of 15 to register so far. “It’s just pushing me to go that extra mile,” she said.
And although it’s not a competition, she said, knowing that others are out walking every day encourages her to do so as well.
“A lot of people are getting into it now,” she said. “It motivates me more.”
The 100-Mile Walking Program requires participants to walk a total of 100 miles in eight weeks, ending June 30. Those who do so get an MWR book of coupons and discounts.
For information or to enroll, call DSN 252-8960 or DSN 252-8961.