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Journal EntryExercise 101
Don’t forget to exercise your heart. As with all other fitness requirements, Warfighters need extra cardio fitness for optimal performance.
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Journal EntryMonitor your physical performance using your heart rate
Your heart is the key to effective training. Learn how to monitor it during exercise to achieve the optimum results from your training program.
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Journal Entry backup fileExercise safely in the cold
If you exercise in the cold, consider these tips from the American Council of Exercise (ACE; Exercising in the Cold) to stay safe.
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Journal Entry C headerGet FITT to optimize muscle strength
Optimize your muscle strength and endurance by following the FITT principle.
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Journal Entry C headerTry calisthenics to improve strength
Calisthenics may help improve your strength.
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Journal EntryInjury treatment and recovery
Even minor injuries can derail performance. Follow these tips to manage the discomfort of minor injuries and prevent further damage.
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Journal EntrySwimming for fitness
Try swimming to improve your overall fitness while minimizing your risk of injury.
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Journal EntryChanges in diet and lifestyle can prevent long-term weight gain
Obesity has become a national crisis, and as developing countries adopt our western culture they too seem to face the growing problem of obesity. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) looked at how changes in diet and lifestyle affect long-term weight gain in the U.S.
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Journal Entry text/texmacsEnergy drinks and adolescents
Energy drink use by adolescents is on the rise, and misuse of these beverages may stem from confusion about using energy drinks for rehydration.
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Journal EntryUnderstanding the risk of metabolic syndrome
High blood pressure, extra fat around your waist, high cholesterol levels, and type 2 diabetes are separate health risk factors, but collectively these conditions will increase your risk for metabolic syndrome and increase your chance of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Read what you can do to help decrease your risk.
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