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Physical Fitness

Physical Fitness is the ability to physically accomplish all aspects of your tasks while avoiding injury and it’s inherently aligned to Department of Defense and individual Service medical standards and prerequisites for individual mission accomplishment and worldwide deployability. The goal is to be physically fit to so you can prevent injury or illness, and so you can have a speedy recovery if you are injured.

But, physical fitness is more than your body mass index, PT run time, or how many push-ups you can do. To optimize your physical fitness you need strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance all working together. For some, exercise is stress release, preventive health, social activity, or even spiritual expression.

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A proper diet and exercise regimen can ward off disease and aid in maintaining your health.

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Ask the Doc: Fitness Freaking Out

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Dear Doc: It seems like every time I go to the commissary, my daughter, 6, and son, 7, tend to gravitate toward the sugary cereals and frozen pizzas, and always want candy bars and sodas at the checkout. As far as I know, and as has been proven by their regularly scheduled check-ups, they are both in great health. The mother in me wants to give them what they want, but the former college athlete and current fitness freak in me is afraid that this might become a problem. For me, eating healthy has become a normal part of my life, and I've come to enjoy things that are healthy and taste good. Aside from tricking them, what can I do to get my kids to eat (and enjoy) more healthy foods? — Fitness Freaking Out

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