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Penhold starting fitness challenge

Residents of the Town of Penhold will be working towards establishing a healthier lifestyle in March as part of the annual 21-day challenge.

Residents of the Town of Penhold will be working towards establishing a healthier lifestyle in March as part of the annual 21-day challenge.

The Town of Penhold community services department is encouraging residents to get their teams of five together to participate in the three week long fitness competition that has been held annually for several years.

The goal is for participants to complete at least 30 minutes of exercise a day for 21 days and record their progress for all three weeks. The challenge is based on the knowledge that it generally takes 21 days to build a habit, said Leanne Worr, recreation coordinator for the Town of Penhold.

Worr said that the goal is to help participants build habits that they can carry on through the rest of the year and that they have heard a number of success stories from those who have competed in the challenge in the past.

At the end of the challenge competitors are judged in a number of categories including highest team minutes, highest individual minutes, and most improved and are awarded with prizes. All participants even have the chance at a draw for a $500 cash prize at the end of the competition.

The 21-day challenge was started four years ago after employees of the town participated in Rise Up Red Deer and then decided to go off on their own and start a similar initiative in Penhold.

More information about the competition can be found by contacting Worr at the Penhold community services department or at recreation@townofpenhold.ca.