On the Importance of Physical Training

Physical training has so many important benefits it is countless to comprehend. Not only is it condusive to a healthy and fit lifestyle. You live longer, you look better, you feel better; these things among others evident. Physical training affects you on so many levels and each level is more complex and interesting. I am going to explain myself clearly throughout this article. I write this as corrective training, but also a positive outlet for me to express myself. So a subject like physical training is defiantly as subject to talk about.

It is a part of the Army life, and soldiers like to sham. So what exactly is shamming? Shamming is a verb describing an act of laziness or “escaping the situation” in light of events that demand some effort or benefit on your part in any way. Obviousily in today’s world, people sham in every area of life no matter the consequent. This is a very popular trend in today’s Army.

So we have a mixture of Physical Training meets Sham.

Basically, physical exercise is defined as any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellbeing. There or many reasons people work out. To build muscle, to fight disease, to build strength. Maybe pass that PT test. People work out to lose weight and to build those cardiovascular muscles. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent diseases such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

It also improves mental health and motor functions. It helps to prevent depression while promoting positive self-esteem. Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and physical exercise may help to decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries. Health care providers often call exercise the “miracle” or “wonder” drug- eluding to the wide variety of proven benefits that it provides.

FM 21-20 is the Army field manual that covers physical fitness training. FM 21-20 is directed at leaders who plan and conduct physical fitness training. It provides guidelines for developing programs which will improve and maintain physical fitness levels for all Army personnel. These programs will help leaders prepare their soldiers to meet the physical demands of war. This manual can also be used as a source book by all soldiers. FM 21-20 was written to conform the principles outlined in FM 25-100, Training the Force. Types of Exercise

Physical exercise is generally grouped into three types. They all have separate benefits to the body and the effects they have. I’m going to explain them as listed. Flexibility, Aerobic, Anaerobic. Flexibility exercises, such as stretching, improve the range of muscle and joints. This is an important aspect to physical training. Because lack of doing so could result in a later injury. Aerobic exercises consist of things like running, swimming, hiking, rucking. These exercises help increase your cardiovascular system and over strength of your heart. Anaerobic exercises consist of things such as pushups, weight training, and pull ups, the forward lunge, things that result in muscle failure.

AR 350-15 specifies that vigorous physical fitness training will be conducted 3 to 5 times per week. For optimal results, commanders must strive to conduct 5 days of physical training per week. To obtain maximum gains in muscular strength, soldiers should have at least three strength training sessions per week.