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GOODFELLOW COMMENTARY: Military readiness means balancing mind, body fitness

By By ARMY SGT. 1ST CLASS MICHAEL J. CARDEN Special to the Standard-Times
Friday, October 30, 2009

SAN ANGELO, Texas — WASHINGTON — Being fit to fight in today’s military means more than simply being physically fit. Through the concept of “total fitness,” Defense Department officials hope to build on what many say is the most resilient force in U.S. military history.
Total fitness strikes a balance between strong minds and bodies, a balance service members today need more than ever, said Army Maj. Todd Yosik, chief of the operational division for the Defense Centers of Excellence.
Yosik echoed recent comments by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and other top officials, noting that mental readiness has become increasingly important for service members as they continue to deal with the stress of frequent deployments. Even the most optimistic troops have had difficulty staying vigilant over the past eight years in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.
“This has really challenged even the most resilient and best warriors that we have,” Yosik said. “Through the last several years, a lot of very resilient folks have struggled with deployments. Warriors today, probably more than ever before, need to possess more strength and stamina than what we’ve ever really encountered.”
A service member who is in top physical and mental shape will be more efficient and effective and, more importantly, better equipped to withstand the rigors of a variety of tough missions, he said.
It’s not uncommon for troops to carry up to 150 pounds of equipment for days and weeks in an operation. Although the physical toll is great, such service members still need to be as stress-free as possible and able to process their task, he said.
Family, community, emotional strength and stamina are just as important as physical fitness, Yosik said. He said he encourages troops to be open and communicate with their families and units, rather than bottling up their stress.
Also, focusing on good nutrition and sleep habits can lead to positive differences, he said.
The Army, Yosik noted, recently began a servicewide program to teach soldiers the value of total fitness. Through its Comprehensive Fitness program, Army officials are implementing online and classroom training in individual units and various levels of leadership education.
The program began earlier this month to give soldiers a means to evaluate their psychological strengths and improve on their weaker areas. Also, soldiers who are deemed mentally fit through their evaluations learn to educate others.
“Comprehensive Soldier Fitness is a perfect example of a total fitness initiative, and the Army is out in front on that,” he said. “It’s a commendable effort of bringing together these topics, and that’s something that is emerging across the (department).”
As the total fitness idea continues to spread throughout the force, Yosik and others recognize the long-term effect psychological fitness can have on troops. More service members are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Research indicates that untreated psychological conditions can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, problems at home, depression and suicide.
At a joint Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Summit here this week, health-care professionals gathered to address the emotional wounds of war.
Gates noted in his keynote address Monday that more than 6,000 service members from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with psychological conditions. Eight years of fighting terrorism in the two countries has impacted the troops, he said, and Pentagon leaders are cautious about pushing troops to their limits.
But through initiatives such as the total fitness concept and the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, Yosik said, the force will only get better.
“The Defense Department is really taking an aggressive stance on mental health and resilience,” Yosik said. “That’s very telling when you have the most senior person in the (department) saying this is an important thing.
“I think in order to sustain yourself in full-spectrum operations, you really can’t separate the two,” he said. “You can’t separate the mind and body, because mental stamina (and) physical fitness are so critical for mission success.”
This information was first published at the U.S. Air Force Web site (http://www.af.mil). It was created for the use and information of a military personnel readership.
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Nice sharing.
I think if you are new comer then you should try to only 2 sets of 10 push up but if you are a older guys then you should do 5 to 7 sets of push up.
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you would have to do 151 push ups every day in that two weeks which will take 1/8 of an inch to 1/6 of an inch off your arms you dont have to do them all at once it just has to come to 151 a day because a pushup burns .825 calories each depending on your weight each lb contains 3500 calories each inch about 4 lbs
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