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Physical Fitness Resources

Training & Exercise

Getting fit and staying fit for optimal performance.

Injury Prevention

Strategies and recommendations for injury prevention and management.

Fitness Tools & Videos

Noteworthy interactive online resources and videos on health and fitness.

Women-Specific Resources

Learn more about the issues that specifically affect service women and women’s fitness.

Fighting Weight Strategies

Weight-management and healthy-eating resources for all Armed Services.

Rx3: Rehab, Refit, Return to Duty

Rx3 is your guide for recovering from common injuries, with help to keep them away for good.

Physical Fitness FAQs

HPRC answers some common questions we’ve received about physical fitness and injury prevention.


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Get motivated to exercise through friends
October is the MHS’s Women’s Health Month! Invite a girlfriend to exercise with you and help each other stay motivated.

Physical Fitness News

Progressive overload injuries
Don’t get injured by trying to do too much too soon. Ramp up your exercise regimen slowly and steadily to avoid getting hurt—and having to start over.
Future Trends: DARPA looking to develop “performance underwear” for warriors
DARPA researchers envision a future of soldier technology that will improve Warfighter effectiveness by employing high-tech underwear.
Stay active and reduce stress
Stressed out? Try getting more exercise, and you may find your high blood pressure dropping along with your stress level.
Exercise 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.
Nutrition for fitness
Exercise isn’t enough—you need to give your body the right kind of fuel to optimize your fitness. The new 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines focus on balancing healthy eating with physical activity.

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