Learn About Activity

​​​​Overview

Physical fitness and activity are crucial to ensuring Soldiers are able to perform the duties and responsibilities of their jobs. Practicing principles of safe and effective training enables Soldiers to maintain physical readiness and health. Soldiers and leaders across the Army agree that activity and fitness are essential to being a strong warfighter. Although Soldiers are generally more physically active than civilians, they are frequently at risk for overtraining and resulting injuries. Profiles and Army Physical Fitness Test failures are both associated with medical non-deployability. Despite obtaining some activity through structured unit physical readiness training, many Soldiers are sedentary over the course of the day, which can lead to adverse health outcomes over time.


Soldier performing the 3 repetition maximum deadlift as part of the Army Combat Fitness Test

The Army Combat Fitness Test

November 05, 2021

Military

This new physical fitness test will strengthen unit and collective readiness and provide the nation with physically fit Soldiers of unmatched lethality to deploy, fight and win decisively on any future battlefield. Continue Reading

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Physical Activity Can Protect Your Joints

November 03, 2021

Everyone

Rather than “wear and tear,” a more accurate description of the effect of physical activity may be “repetition and condition.” When your body undergoes regular, progressive exercise, your tissues adapt and become more conditioned. Continue Reading

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Introduction to Activity

November 03, 2021

Everyone

Physical activity is more than just "exercise" or "working out"— it's living an active lifestyle. Regular movement throughout the day inspires positive health outcomes over time. Continue Reading

Family working out at home with child

Staying Physically Fit while at Home

October 19, 2021

Everyone

While maintaining physical fitness is important for general health and stress management, it is even more critical during times of social distancing. Creativity is key during teleworking under social isolation when access to gyms is unavailable. Continue Reading

Soldiers with kettle bells.

Reduce Your Risk of a Stress Fracture

October 19, 2021

Everyone

Stress fractures are among the leading causes of medical holdovers that occur during basic military training. Along with proper exercise and training, vitamin D and calcium may play a role in helping you build and maintain strong bones. Continue Reading

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Strength Activity Goals

July 01, 2021

Everyone

Strength training can not only help you build strength and gain muscle, but also can boost your metabolism and help with weight management. Continue Reading

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Extreme Conditioning Programs

June 15, 2021

Everyone

Extreme Conditioning Programs (ECPs) are workout programs that combine high-intensity exercises with short rest periods between sets. They are also known as high intensity circuit training or high intensity interval training (HIIT). Continue Reading

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Kids Need Activity Too

June 15, 2021

Everyone

It’s important for children to engage in physical activity. Be a good role model. Your health is critical to the well-being of your family. The more active you are, the more likely your kids will follow suit. Continue Reading

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