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Review of Running Program crew exercising on boat

is a great form of cardiovascular exercise which requires little equipment and can be done almost anywhere. 

Pros:  Running is an effective calorie burning and weight control activity. It can done almost anywhere and only requires a good pair of running shoes. If you are starting a running program do not go cheap here, you will pay for it with blisters and or possibly serious foot, ankle, or knee pain. A treadmill may be used if the weather gets bad.

Cons:  Not recommended for people with diagnosed orthopedic issues. It is also NOT recommended while underway, unless sea conditions are favorable.

Cost:  For the most part the only expense is a good pair of running shoes. If you unit is going to purchase a treadmill check the recommended weight capacity and the maximum miles per hour. It is also recommended you purchase one with some of these features:

Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager on your Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the Headquarters Health Promotions Program Manager, Tim Merrell at (202) 475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or email at

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Last Modified 3/23/2016