How to Work Out Like a Soldier
The Army is a highly trained force with high physical requirements. Soldiers must have the ability to perform their duties effectively under stressful conditions. They are expected to act quickly and make split second decisions under pressure. They need to be strong enough physically and mentally to endure long periods of intense training without getting tired or fatigued. These are all traits that will serve them well in any situation.
However, there is another aspect of being a soldier that soldiers do not often think about: they are also required to work out regularly. There is no way around it; if you want to survive in the army, you have to get fit! The first step towards doing so is knowing what kind of exercises your body needs and how much time you need to spend working out each week.
There are several ways to go about this. You could take advantage of the military fitness facilities at your local base, which may or may not offer group classes. Or you could try to organize your own personal training sessions with a trainer. Either way, you’ll need to determine how many hours per week you’re going to devote to exercising and how often you should schedule these sessions.
If you’re working out at the gym, you’ll also need to know which exercises will strengthen the muscles you need to meet the military’s physical requirements. Different people have different needs, so you’ll need to decide which exercises are right for you. To help get you started, we’ve listed several of the most common exercises in the sections below. Once you’ve picked a few that sound appealing to you, read up on how to do them properly and what muscle groups they target. From there, it’s just a matter of putting in the time and working hard!
Protecting your hearing
Even if you’ve never been in the army, you’ve probably seen photographs or television footage of soldiers wearing bulky headphones over their ears. Many people don’t realize that these are much more than a fashion statement; they’re an important safety precaution.
The loud noises that are common on military bases can cause hearing loss over time. Wearing headphones reduces the risk of damage to your hearing and can allow you to listen to music or other audio feeds without causing permanent damage. If you have a hearing deficiency, it is extremely important that you wear these at all times when on the base.
Types of Exercises
One of the most important aspects of staying fit is developing a wide range of fitness skills. This means being able to do more than just run fast; you need to build up strength, speed and endurance as well. The exercises below are a good place to start:
Pushups – Probably the most common exercise in the world, the pushup is a classic for a reason. It allows you to build up strength in your arms, chest and core. Begin by getting into the plank position: face down with your legs straight and your fists just outside of your shoulders. Bend your elbows and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor, then push back up to the starting position. As you get stronger, you can increase the number of pushups you do in a row or the amount of time you spend in the plank position.
Squats – The squat is one of the most basic exercises there is, and for good reason: it works! Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Slowly bend at the knees and hips and lower your body as if you were sitting in a chair. Go as low as you can without losing the angle in your knees, then push back up to the starting position. You can hold light weights in your hands to make this exercise more challenging.
Lunges – The lunge is an excellent lower body strength exercise. Stand with your legs side by side and straight. Take a large step forward with one leg and drop that knee to the floor. Make sure the heel of the rear foot is still touching the ground; you don’t want to put all your weight on your front heel. You should be supporting yourself with just your front knee without sinking that knee past the toe.
Push yourself back up and repeat with the other leg.
Push-Pulls – Also known as push-pulls or pull-presses, these are a great way to build upper body strength. Grasp a barbell with both hands at shoulder width and lift it from the floor to just above your head. Slowly lower it back down, then push it upwards until your arms are straight. Next, step forward so you can grasp the bar just outside your shoulders with your hands and lift it to just above your chest. Slowly push it back down so that your arms are straight.
Swimming – Swimming is a great way to maintain fitness even when you’re too injured to do much else. All you need is a pool and some time, and with enough practice you can build up amazing endurance and lung capacity in the water. As an added benefit, there is very little impact on your body, so if you’ve got a wound that prevents you from running or jumping, swimming will be pain-free.
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