How to Physically Prepare for Military Training


When joining the military, the first stop is often basic training. A rigorous physical and mental training program, the military requires recruits to perform strenuous exercise, information training and field preparation. Before showing up to the first day of basic training, prepare yourself physically. The training program is not impossible, but it helps to get yourself in good shape and used to some of the regimens you will encounter during those brutal two months.

  • Quit smoking, chewing or otherwise using tobacco. Tobacco use is not allowed during basic training. Use nicotine gum, patches or other smoking cessation programs to wean yourself off of tobacco before you start. Not only will this make basic training easier, but you will be healthier physically and mentally.

  • Run every day if possible. A daily run is part of basic training and recruits are expected to be able to run 2 miles in about 15 to 19 minutes. Run at least two miles whenever you run to build endurance and stamina.

  • Exercise with weights and do push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. Work the different areas of your body to increase your strength and muscle mass. Soldiers do not have to be body builders, but they do have to be in good physical condition. Exercise your arms, chest, legs and back. Male recruits are expected to do 40 push-ups and 50 sit-ups easily; females must be able to do about 20 push-ups and 50 sit-ups.

  • Develop a healthy sleeping schedule. While most people like to get eight hours of sleep, new recruits in basic training rarely get more than seven. Condition yourself to being in bed by nine at night and getting less than eight hours of sleep. Get used to waking up as early as 4:30 a.m. and starting your workout.

  • Eat hearty, healthy meals that are rich in protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruits. Cut back on snacks and junk food as they are not allowed in basic training. With vigorous physical activity, your body needs more calories and nourishment to stay healthy.

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