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Human Performance Resource Center

Welcome to HPRC, your source for military-specific evidence-based total force fitness information.

Military working dog shakes paws with his handler. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman

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Physical Fitness

Can exercise relieve chronic pain?
If you struggle with chronic pain, you might feel that exercise is futile: It hurts when you don't exercise, and...
Foundational movements: Pull
Pulling an object or yourself might be an important part of your daily function. It’s certainly important if you’ve ever...

Total Force Fitness

Thinking about quitting smoking? Get real about your reasons and find success
You’ve heard it all before—smoking (or even smokeless tobacco use such as dip or vape) is bad for your health...
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
You’ve been in pain for a few weeks now. But do you have acute pain, or do you have chronic...

Nutrition

An athlete’s guide to everyday nutrient timing
When you eat is as important as what you eat when it comes to athletic performance. The tips below can...
Ketogenic diet and performance enhancement
Periodically, ketogenic diets gain popularity in the athletic community for purported performance-enhancing effects. A ketogenic diet (KD) is one that’s...

Family & Relationships

Quick tips for parenting alone during your partner’s deployment
It can be tough to parent alone during your partner’s deployment. And just when your Military Service Member returns—and you...
Bed partners, sleep habits, and the path to sweet dreams
It can be a real challenge to get your ZZZs—whether you’re in the field, dealing with stress or shift work,...
Get help for sexual assault and military sexual trauma
It can be hard to understand how to handle sexual assault in the military, but knowing where to find help...

Mental Fitness

No couch required: What to expect at your therapy appointment
Fever, sore throat, and chills: Typically, these are signs that it’s time to visit your doctor, and you usually know...
WOOP: 4 simple steps to help you achieve your goals
Setting goals can be easy. Achieving goals can be hard. Saying you want to max the APFT, writing it on...
Bed partners, sleep habits, and the path to sweet dreams
It can be a real challenge to get your ZZZs—whether you’re in the field, dealing with stress or shift work,...

Environment

Especially for families: How to help your warrior with TBI
What’s 2 x 2 equal? How about 4 x 4? The speed at which your brain processes those questions and...
Is it safe to exercise when you’re sick?
Regular physical activity can help prevent illness, but what happens when you do become sick? Should you stop your exercise...
Mindfulness in military environments
Mindfulness training, or the practice of training your mind to stay in the present moment, offers many benefits, particularly for...