Exercise like a Veteran


Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served our country, past and present. What better way to embrace their legacy than to exercise like the troops? For most of us, the excessive training and intense discipline service members have to endure is a mystery. It’s an idea we accept but don’t truly comprehend. With fair warning, the following regimen only intends to mimic their training, not replicate it. But without further adieu, keep the troops in mind when you follow this exercise schedule:

Running
Run for however long you are able to and then record what that distance was and how long it took. Slowly work your way up to being able to run a mile (if you can’t already). Admittedly, this may take more than a week, so try to run a mile no matter how long it takes you.

Strength Training
There are a myriad of ways to tone and strengthen your muscles. A few of the exercises the troops use are pushups, pull-ups, crunches, lunges, squats and wall sits. Each focus on different areas of your body: arms, legs, and core.

Swimming
Pool exercise is a physically rewarding and often relaxing outlet. To train like a veteran, try during your watery workouts to swim laps, tread water, and hold your breath under water. Start slowly and work your way up. For the troops, being able to swim could save their life.

Endurance
Often service members will be physically active all day long. This means they need to train their body to endure and persevere. To develop endurance, go on long walks, jogs or a long swim. The term “long” here is subjective, but an hour or two is a nice place to start.

By the end of the week, or whatever period of time you’ve chosen to attempt this exercise regimen, you will have experienced a fraction of what enlisted American’s encounter during their training and deployment. Perhaps you will now appreciate what it takes for our troops to train for and perform their daily duties.

By Rachel Horwitz

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