A number of public figures, including Olympic gold-medalist Erki Nool and First Lady Evelin Ilves, have helped launch the “Men, get fit!” program.
“Insufficient physical activity is one of the reasons behind health problems of Estonian men and the idea behind our health program is to increase physical exercise. The aim of the project is to get participants feeling better about themselves and increase results and health by spring,” the head of the Estonian Health Foundation, Eero Merilind, said.
The project is led by the foundation in cooperation with the Defense Forces and asks people, both men and women, to take a physical test, recording the results on its website.
The test is a typical physical test of armed forces around the world, with participants asked to do as many push-ups in two minutes, then as many sit-ups in two minutes followed by a 3.2-kilometer run, which can be substituted for a shorter swim or longer skiing distance.
Participants can then improve results before May 31 with the more successful improvers winning prizes.
Editor: J.M. Laats