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JUST as fitness training is
known to provide numer-
ous health benefits such as
lower resting heart rates and
increasing musculoskeletal strength,
incorrectly applied training can lead
to raised resting heart rates and
The terms health and fitness are
often combined when considering the
physical well being of an individual.
One of the key factors tipping fit-
ness training from improving health to
degrading health, is training intensity
or 'how hard' the training is.
Unfortunately, many ADF person-
nel often train long and hard to ensure
they are at their physical best. Every
session is a nose-bleeding, lung-bust-
Go hard or go home
Within this mindset lies a poten-
tial problem. Consider the elite ath-
lete. They train hard to ensure they are
the best they can be, but not continu-
ously. Unlike an ADF member, they
don't try to maintain peak performance
Elite athletes are on specially
designed programs that include peri-
ods of low-intensity training in order
to allow their bodies to recover.
These athletes only train near maxi-
mal intensities for short periods around
their competitive season.
Remember that elite athletes are
often injured. Think of Shane Warne's
shoulder or Jana Pitman's knee.
Even with specialised training pro-
grams and diets, hard continuous train-
ing will take its toll.
A road to injury
Long, hard, repetitive fitness work
may not necessarily increase your
health but may lead you on the road
to injury. What does this mean for
you? While hard training sessions are
important for physiological and psy-
chological hardening, avoid training
Monitor your session intensity and
understand what training intensities
you should be working in for your
Contact your local PTI for some
great advice on determining and moni-
toring your session intensity.
Think about it
To build solid career-long fitness
takes time and it should be approached
progressively and thoughtfully. After
all, how do you eat an elephant? One
mouthful at a time.
While fitness may increase health, LEUT
Rob Orr says it can also decrease it.
Mix your training program
with sessions of lower
intensity exercise and
Follow sessions of high
intensity (like forced rep-
etitions with weights or
high-intensity interval train-
ing) with easier recovery
Gradually progress in train-
ing to the higher intensity
Listen to your body (exces-
sive tiredness, loss of
appetite and constant nig-
gling injuries are all signs
that you are overdoing it).
If you think you're over-
training, consider these
Working up a sweat: Overdoing your training may harm your good health.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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