It has now been a month since you made your New Year’s resolution to get in shape and it may be getting harder to stay focused. Why not take the February Fitness Challenge to keep you motivated?

Begin taking steps to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. A modern update on the old Presidential Fitness Youth Awards, the program is a manageable way to move into a healthier lifestyle.

Anyone from kids to seniors can participate. For adults to win the award, they must commit to being active 30 minutes a day, five days a week for six out of eight weeks and focus on healthy eating, choosing a different healthy eating goal each week. Goals include eating more fruits and veggies and whole grains, sticking to fat-free or low-fat milk, and drinking more water. To earn the award as a kid, children must commit to being active 60 minutes a day, five days a week for six out of eight weeks. The healthy eating goals remain the same.

Activity logs and instructions are at If you stick to your February fitness commitment and extend it to the next month, you can reward yourself with a commemorative badge, T-shirt or certificate, which are available through the web site.

Activities for your February Fitness Challenge can include anything from:

- Gardening
- Walking
- Playing with kids
- Yoga
- Basketball
- Running
- Swimming

Here are some savvy ways to stay on track as you complete your goal:

- Tell others about your February fitness plan. If you make it public, you’ll be less likely to give up.
- Work out with a friend. Exercising with a buddy is more fun than going at it alone.
- Record your progress on an activity log. See how far you’ve come and celebrate success.