Episode 5: Just Do It

In the military, members have to be something of an athlete to ensure combat effectiveness; in the same way, Veterans need to maintain some semblance of fitness to stay healthy. […]
July 28, 2023

In the military, members have to be something of an athlete to ensure combat effectiveness; in the same way, Veterans need to maintain some semblance of fitness to stay healthy.

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Common Veterans Podcast

Episode 5: Just Do It

In the military, members have to be something of an athlete to ensure combat effectiveness; in the same way, Veterans need to maintain some semblance of fitness to stay healthy.

  • Fitness as a Way of Life
    • In the military, everything revolves and resolves around fitness.
      • Basic training until retirement; the military starts the morning with physical training, and throughout the day, PT is continued.
      • Discipline and distraction are filled with physical training
        • Song Cadences and chants
        • Cadence calls
          • 1… 2… 3… 4… Forward march! Double time… Move!
        • Food is catered in the military to a very active lifestyle where each military member receives no less than 2000 calories a day
          • After the military many members become sedentary, and they do not realize that they are not training as much; therefore, they are not able to process the calories that they bring in. Instead, members get fat.
        • Training is how the military stays ready.
          • Requirements to carry the brother/sister over the shoulder out of a combat situation.
          • Every branch has its fitness requirements in the Common Veterans day were:
            • Army PT scores were originally based on push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run
            • Navy PT scores push-ups, curl-ups (not sure of the difference between sit-ups and push-ups), and a 1.5-mile run
            • Marine’s PT Scores were based on pull-ups/push-ups, crunches, and a 3-mile run
            • Air Force standards?
              • Do they even have standards? Lol
            • Combat situations dictate the need for standards and how each military branch requires different standards based on their combat mission readiness and effectiveness.
              • Standards require effective training and diets.
            • Becoming a Veteran from Military Member
              • Diets and PT change
                • We eat the same way but do not work out as we used to.
                  • Regimented workouts were the way that we stayed combat effective
                • Fewer workouts = more calories NOT being burned.

 

  • Veterans Do NOT Exercise the Way We Should
    • We know that we are supposed to, but a lot of times, we are tired of the way we used to be.
      • Exercise means too early in the morning.
      • Civilian work life gets in the way, and we become “slaves” to our work and our health sacrifices.
      • Times become hard, and food becomes tastier and tastier – we eat more, work out less, and try less; which, makes us fat.
        • FreedomSystem offers camaraderie programs that give the ability to become active again
          • Mountain Biking
          • Martial Arts
          • Cardio Drumming (women)
        • Perspective from an Army Surgeon and a Family Physician
          • What does a Doctor see in the differences from being a military member to the transition to being a Veteran?
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          • How does diet play into fitness?
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          • Eating less and working out more would often be the perfect answer, but how is it achieved in the long run?
        • Next Episode: Defeated?
          • In the world’s greatest military, Veterans should feel like they can never lose, but often feel like they are getting beaten. The Common Veterans explore that feeling of being undefeated and how to maintain that even in adversity.

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