459th lunges into fitness!

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  • By Senior Airman Andreaa Phillips
  • 459th ARW/PA

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — New physical fitness requirements for Airmen began on July 1, 2021, consisting of only three components: push-ups, sit-ups and the 1.5-mile run. Accordingly, the 459th Air Refueling Wing held its return to fitness testing during the August 14-15 UTA and Airmen are glad to see its return.

“Fitness and maintaining an active lifestyle are important because they can lead to a healthier, more productive life,” said Master Sgt. Alicia Lofton, 459th Force Support Squadron First Sergeant. “My ‘why’ is along the lines with maintaining a healthy diet. I work out because I want to live a longer life free of health problems. When I work out, I feel better.”  

Under the new fitness requirements, the waist measurement is not required. Without the waist measurement as a scored component, push-ups and sit-ups will increase from 10 to 20 points each, while the 1.5-mile run will remain at 60 points. Scoring will now fall into five-year age groups instead of the 10-year age groups under the previous regulations. 

If necessary, commanders may delay official fitness assessments based on the recommendation of local public health officials, the continuation of closed fitness centers and extended statewide restriction of movement and gatherings.

Airmen may determine their next fitness assessment due date by visiting the Official Physical Assessment Due Date Matrix on myPers. Fitness assessment due dates will primarily depend on the date and score of the last official test. Alternative strength and cardio components for Air Force physical fitness assessment are also being explored.