OK, I'll never be close to competing in the Olympics but I found a way to earn a bronze, silver or even a gold medal. My boss sent out an e-mail inviting all of us VA grunts to sign up for the Active Lifestyle program or the Presidential Champions program. It's very simple: you earn points every time you exercise and when you've earned enough points, you get an award. There is a website that lets you track your activity and points online, and you can compare your progress within your group or with other groups. My family is also eligible to join, so if you've always wanted a medal too, let me know.
I've been working out somewhat regularly anyway, so I figured I'd sign up. Maybe it will give me some added incentive to work out on those days I don't really feel like it. They let you count any activity, even housework or chasing your kids or walking to your car, as long as it takes at least 5 minutes. I might as well get credit for all those trips up and down the stairs with a kid on each arm, right?
I need 20,000 points for a bronze medal. We'll see how long it takes me.