Stay fit all year - starting with the holidays

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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 18, 2013) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washinton (CVN 73) perform linked sit-ups during a CPO 365 fitness class in the ship's hangar bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 18, 2013) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washinton (CVN 73) perform linked sit-ups during a CPO 365 fitness class in the ship's hangar bay. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas)

Stay fit all year - starting with the holidays

by: Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs | .
U.S. Navy | .
published: October 31, 2013

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- For most Sailors, the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) will be completed just before the holidays begin. After training hard to perform at top levels for the semiannual Physical Readiness Test (PRT), Sailors are encouraged to maintain fitness levels throughout the year.

"As a Command Fitness Leader (CFL), I often see an increased number of Sailors working out and running on all installations immediately before the PRT," said Lt. Cmdr. Austin Latour, CFL program manager. "What we want to avoid is the drop in physical fitness after the PRT is over."

According to Latour, Sailors should always be physically fit, not just because of service requirements, but to increase resilience and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

"Sailors are responsible for their own physical fitness levels," said Latour. "The more physically fit a Sailor is, the better they will perform at their job and at home. Being fit helps you be a better bystander when a shipmate needs you to help on and off the job. Many Sailors think that physical fitness is about them, but that is not always the case."

"What I want my shipmate to know from my actions and PFA results is that I will not let them down when a physically or mentally demanding job is asked of me," said Latour. "When I am asked to perform a task by my superiors, I should always be ready."

After the PRT, fitness levels should be maintained by continuing an exercise routine.

"You don't have to train for a 1.5 mile run or push-ups and curl-ups after your PRT, so train for something else," said Latour. "Try some different exercises such as cycling, rowing, or high intensity training, all of which can be performed inside or out. Involve your family, friends and shipmates and plan workouts into your schedule."

According to Latour, once an exercise routine is established, it is much easier to maintain fitness levels all year long.

Visit the Physical Readiness Program website to view some sample workouts that are beneficial for individuals and groups at: www.npc.navy.mil/support/21st_Century_Sailor/physical/.

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