This section provides an overview of fitness. It defines physical fitness, outlines the phases of fitness, and discusses various types of fitness programs and fitness evaluation. Commanders and leaders can use this information to develop intelligent, combat-related, physical fitness programs.
Physical fitness, the emphasis of this site, is but one component of total fitness. Some of the others are weight control, diet and nutrition, stress management, dental health, and spiritual and ethical fitness, as well as the avoidance of hypertension, substance abuse, and tobacco use. This site is primarily concerned with issues relating directly to the development and maintenance of the five components of physical fitness.
Components of physical fitness include weight control, diet, nutrition, stress management, and spiritual and ethical fitness.
Components of Fitness
Principles of Exercise
Warm Up and Cool Down
Phases of Fitness Conditioning
Age and Physical Fitness
Fitness and Gender
Fitness For Life
Physical Activity Tips
Physical Inactivity Facts
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U.S. Army Field Manual 21-20 is the source material for this website. A soldier's level of physical fitness has a direct impact on his combat readiness. The many battles in which American troops have fought under-score the important role physical fitness plays on the battlefield. The renewed nationwide interest in fitness has been accompanied by many research studies on the effects of regular participation in sound physical fitness programs. The overwhelming conclusion is that such programs enhance a person's quality of life, improve productivity, and bring about positive physical and mental changes. Not only are physically fit soldiers essential to the Army, they are also more likely to have enjoyable, productive lives, and you can too.