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  1. Army National Guard soldier Josh Stemmler demonstrates exercises using a weight vest at Gannett Government Media in Springfield, VA on Oct. 15, 2012. (Mike Morones/OffDuty) Mike Morones/OffDuty

    Military Muscle: Weight vest workouts, options

    Weighted vests are an easy and fairly inexpensive way to turn any workout into a real gasser. The rule of thumb is that wearing a vest that equals 10 percent of your body weight results in an additional 8 percent caloric burn in most workouts.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  2. Power exercises, such as the bench press, are important for optimal military performance, researchers have found. Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade / Army

    Studies reveal 11 ways to improve Army fitness

    A smaller force means more emphasis on soldiers doing their jobs at optimum levels — including the job of staying healthy.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. sea salt on wooden table Diana Taliun / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365: Too much salt — and too little — may be bad for you

    Finally, a study that says it's OK to lick every grain of salt from the rim of your margarita.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  4. PT365 Run Plans | Gear roundup: Heart rate monitors

    Our PT365 Run Plans rely heavily on heart-rate training, which means that to get the most out of them, you'll want to invest in a heart-rate monitor.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  5. Volunteers award runners finishers medals at the finish line during the 3rd annual Bagram Marathon here Sept. 15, 2013. More than 700 people participated in either the full-marathon or the half-marathon. The Bagram Marathon is an extension of the Air Force Marathon held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 21. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade)

    Shadow runs let deployed service members participate in stateside races

    Shadow runs are as much about connecting troops to those back home as they are about racing in the sandbox.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  6. Army veteran Wayne Walden demonstrates exercises at his home in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Gannett Government Media

    Military Muscle: 5 drills for a stronger back

    Here are some exercises that can be worked in both the strengthening phase as well as a treatment phase for people with back pain.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  7. Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

    Newsflash: It's hot. Summer's scorching weather may have you longing for last winter's polar vortex, but with the right gear you still can work up a sweat outside without being completely miserable.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  8. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  9. 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

    Whether you're tying on running shoes for one of the first times or training for a longer race, runners of all levels can benefit from incorporating yoga into a workout routine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  10. Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu to run Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon on July 21

    On Monday, 27-year old Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu will start the Badwater Ultramarathon, which has a new route this year.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  11. Military Muscle: The best plyometric drills — and something extra for the finish

    For a great example of explosive power, watch some isolation video of the Houston Texans' star defensive end J. J. Watt. A YouTube video shows him performing a perfect plyometrics box jump, exploding his 6-foot, 5-inch, 290-pound frame to the top of a dresser bureau just short of five feet high.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  12. 1LT Jean-Scott Dodd demonstrates the viper rope trainer and plyometric exercises at Barber Physical Activity Center in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    Military Muscle: 5 exercises using your gym's Viper Rope Trainer

    In 2006, Marius Popescu, an engineer and elite-level Judo athlete, used his garage to develop the first functional prototype of his rope trainer. Eight years later, these rope trainers are produced in three versions and used in fitness centers across the country.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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    PT365 Run Plans: Come train with us

    Want to change up your running routine? Need to kick up your PT a notch? Check out our complete PT365 Run Plans — 5K, half-marathon and marathon — from Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  14. The Navy's new three-app fitness series includes exercise demonstrations as well as nutritional guidelines. Navy

    New apps put Navy fitness in your pocket

    Whether you're looking to get jacked, take on your first mud run or just stay in shape during deployment, the Navy has an app for that.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
  15. Kevlar for the Mind: War's trauma may lead to improved quality of life

    You've likely heard the adages, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,' and, 'Every cloud has a silver lining.'

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  16. Tricare Help: 13 years later: Still eligible for Tricare?

    Q. I am the widow of a Marine who retired from the Corps in 1999. In September 2000, our daughter was born. Six days later, my husband died. At the time, I had a job that offered health care insurance and we had no need of military services.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  17. Army image Thousands of runners take part in the Army Ten-Miler in the National Capital Region, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Looking for a fall race? Check out these with military ties

    We'll be kicking off PT365 Run Plan training in July for the 5K and marathon plans and in August for the half-marathon (but we'll count 10-milers, too). Are you still trying to pick a race?

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  18. Sports Woman's legs in running movement Crdjan / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365 Run Plans: Elements of efficient running, part 2

    Consider this your primer on the Run Plans: a little bit of background to understand the methodology behind the charts.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  19. Kevlar for the Mind: Perfect family vacation need not be expensive

    There's no mistaking that summer is upon us. The grass is morphing from brown to green, the temperature is rising almost as fast as gasoline prices, and homes are filling up with children who have few, if any, identifiable plans for the next three months.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  20. Mission Family: Gay couples, supporters celebrate military life in open

    A few years ago, gay military couples lived isolated lives in the shadows, afraid that if they were honest about their relationships, military careers would end — and many did in the 'don't ask, don't tell' era.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  21. WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: People jog along the National Mall, on February 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington area is experiencing unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures expected to reach the mid seventies by the afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Study: Military cities among the healthiest in U.S.

    Big military towns are among some of the fittest in U.S., according to a new report from the workout wonks at the American College of Sports Medicine.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  22. Kevlar for the Mind: Bridging the gaps in 'cultural competency'

    The concept of cultural competency — the therapist's ability to understand, acknowledge, and appreciate the differences each person brings to therapy and how it influences the therapeutic process — is an oft-discussed topic among mental health professiona

    • May. 29, 2014

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