Exercising has a plethora of benefits including controlling weight, combating health conditions, boosting energy, improving mood, and promoting better sleep habits, among other amazing benefits. Exercise can be performed in numerous ways and in various environments. It can be done alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group. Although exercising can be a huge challenge, I think it should be fun. I believe that given a fun-filled, sociable environment (exercising with others fosters accountability), people are better apt to stick to a regime. This has been my experience while participating in Boot Camp, led by fitness trainer, Christina Jones. This particular season presented a challenge called "Down 5" sponsored by UT Extension and the Haywood County Health Council, or is UT part of the Haywood County Health Council? The challenge is for individuals to lose at least 5% of their body fat during a 12 week time-frame. I have witnessed some very motivated and dedicated people overcome some high hurdles in order to make this work for them. There's nothing like the intrinsic reward that comes from one accomplishing what they once thought to be impossible. This is fun, it's exciting, it's fulfilling, and it's rewarding! Along with the intrinsic award, there are also some tangible rewards being offered in the end and along the way!