By Linkan Marler

The Defense Department celebrates military children during the month of April. When you see someone in uniform or someone who has served, you can say, “Thank you for your service.” We shouldn’t just honor military members, but also their children.

According to the Defense Department, there are more than 1.6 million military children who face many challenges and unique experiences as a result of their parents’ service. They often move to different states or countries, leaving behind friends and family. Sometimes even one––or both––of their parents are deployed and gone for many months. To learn more about this special month, visit

This month’s fitness challenge is dedicated to the military children and the sacrifices they make. It incorporates old school-military exercises in a sequence that will help you get stronger. For details on each movement, check out my past columns at

You have 15 minutes to complete this challenge (go through the sequence twice).

20 High Knees
20 Crunches
20 Burpees
20 Push-Ups
60-Second Plank
20 Squats
20 Lunges

Great job, if you finished. If not, keep practicing and you’ll see results over time. Persistence is key.