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  1. Army veteran Wayne Walden demonstrates exercises at his home in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 14, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones/Gannett Government Media

    Military Muscle: 5 drills for a stronger back

    Here are some exercises that can be worked in both the strengthening phase as well as a treatment phase for people with back pain.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. Stash and carry: 6 hydration systems to keep you going in the heat

    Newsflash: It's hot. Summer's scorching weather may have you longing for last winter's polar vortex, but with the right gear you still can work up a sweat outside without being completely miserable.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  3. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. 5 yoga poses to complement your runs

    Whether you're tying on running shoes for one of the first times or training for a longer race, runners of all levels can benefit from incorporating yoga into a workout routine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  5. A MARSOC critical skills operator. MARSOC

    MARSOC uses applicants' feedback to redesign workout prep program

    MARSOC fitness tips: don't skimp on the swimming and carry a 50-pound pack everywhere.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  6. Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu to run Badwater 135-mile ultramarathon on July 21

    On Monday, 27-year old Army Lt. Brandon Purdeu will start the Badwater Ultramarathon, which has a new route this year.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  7. Military Muscle: The best plyometric drills and something extra for the finish

    For a great example of explosive power, watch some isolation video of the Houston Texans' star defensive end J. J. Watt. A YouTube video shows him performing a perfect plyometrics box jump, exploding his 6-foot, 5-inch, 290-pound frame to the top of a dresser bureau just short of five feet high.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  8. 1LT Jean-Scott Dodd demonstrates the viper rope trainer and plyometric exercises at Barber Physical Activity Center in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    Military Muscle: 5 exercises using your gym's Viper Rope Trainer

    In 2006, Marius Popescu, an engineer and elite-level Judo athlete, used his garage to develop the first functional prototype of his rope trainer. Eight years later, these rope trainers are produced in three versions and used in fitness centers across the country.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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    PT365 Run Plans: Come train with us

    Want to change up your running routine? Need to kick up your PT a notch? Check out our complete PT365 Run Plans 5K, half-marathon and marathon from Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) Mark Cucuzzella.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  10. Kevlar for the Mind: War's trauma may lead to improved quality of life

    You've likely heard the adages, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,' and, 'Every cloud has a silver lining.'

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  11. Tricare Help: 13 years later: Still eligible for Tricare?

    Q. I am the widow of a Marine who retired from the Corps in 1999. In September 2000, our daughter was born. Six days later, my husband died. At the time, I had a job that offered health care insurance and we had no need of military services.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  12. Army image Thousands of runners take part in the Army Ten-Miler in the National Capital Region, Oct. 20, 2013.

    Looking for a fall race? Check out these with military ties

    We'll be kicking off PT365 Run Plan training in July for the 5K and marathon plans and in August for the half-marathon (but we'll count 10-milers, too). Are you still trying to pick a race?

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  13. Sports Woman's legs in running movement Crdjan / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PT365 Run Plans: Elements of efficient running, part 2

    Consider this your primer on the Run Plans: a little bit of background to understand the methodology behind the charts.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  14. Kevlar for the Mind: Perfect family vacation need not be expensive

    There's no mistaking that summer is upon us. The grass is morphing from brown to green, the temperature is rising almost as fast as gasoline prices, and homes are filling up with children who have few, if any, identifiable plans for the next three months.

    • Jun. 11, 2014
  15. Mission Family: Gay couples, supporters celebrate military life in open

    A few years ago, gay military couples lived isolated lives in the shadows, afraid that if they were honest about their relationships, military careers would end and many did in the 'don't ask, don't tell' era.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  16. WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: People jog along the National Mall, on February 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Washington area is experiencing unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures expected to reach the mid seventies by the afternoon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Study: Military cities among the healthiest in U.S.

    Big military towns are among some of the fittest in U.S., according to a new report from the workout wonks at the American College of Sports Medicine.

    • Jun. 4, 2014
  17. Kevlar for the Mind: Bridging the gaps in 'cultural competency'

    The concept of cultural competency the therapist's ability to understand, acknowledge, and appreciate the differences each person brings to therapy and how it influences the therapeutic process is an oft-discussed topic among mental health professiona

    • May. 29, 2014
  18. Mission Family: Spouses require more than good wishes

    It's been 30 years since President Reagan announced the first Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 23, 1984. Since then, that day has been designated as the Friday before Mother's Day.

    • May. 21, 2014
  19. Marathon running race JaySi / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Tell us: Are you training for your first marathon or half-marathon?

    Are you training for a half- or full marathon this fall? If you're training for a first 5K, or just trying to get back to the start line after time away, we want to hear from you, too.

    • May. 16, 2014
  20. Depression may contribute to many physical illnesses

    Depression is an insidious and often disabling condition that affects potentially millions of veterans.

    • May. 14, 2014
  21. Sleep disorder shot in the ATPCO studio, 12/12/12. Photo by Rob Curtis, Staff 12/12/12 3:59:51 PM -- Springfield, VA, U.S.A Rob Curtis/Staff / Gannett Government Media

    PT365: What docs are doing to help troops get some shut-eye

    Having trouble sleeping? You're not alone. A 2013 study of 726 soldiers found that more than half had moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea and one in four suffered from insomnia.

    • May. 12, 2014
  22. Valetta SuRae Stewart demonstrates Taijifit to her classmates from the National Personal Training Institute at Gold's Gym in Tyson's Corner, Va., on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) Mike Morones

    Easy mind-body workout: Master sgt.'s TaijiFit classes are a workday variant of tai chi

    Exercise is an integral part of serving on active duty. But after leaving service, making time for exercise can get tougher.

    • May. 8, 2014
  23. Golf ball with tee in the grass Getty Images/Zoonar RF

    Military Muscle: Amp your golf game with these 5 injury prevention exercises

    Now that winter is behind us, your longing gaze is turning to those fairways on your base. But before you put a club in your hands, you can do a few things to ensure you enjoy the next five to six months on the links.

    • May. 8, 2014
  24. PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: A competitor crawls through mud during Toughmudder at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on March 23, 2014 in Phillip Island, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) Quinn Rooney / Getty Images

    CDC: Bacteria in mud gave race participants fever, vomiting and diarrhea

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday about 22 participants, including three airmen, who fell sick in 2012 after participating in a 'long-distance obstacle adventure race,' experiencing fever, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.

    • May. 2, 2014

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