Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

A New Strategy for Physical Fitness

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

A New Strategy for Physical Fitness

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DES MOINES, Iowa- Physical fitness and Soldiers often go hand in hand, especially when it comes to the tough conditions a Soldier can be subjected to. It takes a good routine and high motivation to stay consistently fit.

Army Reserve Soldiers don't usually get the structured Physical Training (PT) that their active-duty counterparts receive, thus it's important to make unique routines fit into Soldiers' busy lives. That is why Army Reserve units in and around Des Moines, Iowa, are working on a new program, called Operation Career Builder, to help Soldiers who are having difficulty with PT succeed.

The first classes of the program were held at Camp Dodge, Iowa from Aug. 1-3, 2008, and included motivational speaking with insightful information on nutrition, physical fitness and strategies for success.

"We want Soldiers to know they are never on their own for receiving help," said Warrant Officer Jeffery L. Holtmyer, 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Fort Des Moines, Iowa. "We help Soldiers get over the mental challenges of getting into and maintaining good physical health."

Operation Career Builder provided details on meal preparations, recipes and good choices for Soldiers buying fast foods. Nutritionists, dieticians and physical therapists were on hand from the 4224th U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Des Moines to give classes on maintaining good health and fitness levels for Soldiers.

Soldiers received many hand-outs on foods and different types of training plans.

"It is important to introduce Soldiers to new types of exercises that they can easily perform while doing daily activities," said Sgt. …

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