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Human Performance Resource Center

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

52nd AMXS Airmen compete in annual load crew competition. U.S. Air Force photo.

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Physical Fitness

Train smarter: Improve your sit-up performance with core exercises
Sit-ups are are a component of the current fitness test for all 5 branches of Service, but they are considered...
Foundational movements: Lunges
The lunge is a simple but important movement. Think of how often you take a knee to rest during workouts,...

Total Force Fitness

Optimize performance through positive self-talk
Self-talk is what you say to yourself in your heat-of-the-moment thoughts. Throughout the day, you interpret and review the different...
In the face of family challenges, remember your Total Force Fitness strengths
Too often, you hear about the challenges Military Service Members encounter: long deployments, family separations, frequent moves, the increased risks...
Your resilient brain: From injury recovery to peak performance
Your brain is continuously evolving and growing, which is sometimes called having “plasticity” or being “malleable.” Neuroplasticity, also known as...

Nutrition

10 meal-planning tips for busy families
As a parent, you want your family to eat healthy. But on those busy nights when you’re shuffling straight from...
Back-to-school ABCs for Total Family Fitness
As summer vacation comes to an end, the transition back to school is just around the corner. Now’s the time...
Fuel up to stay everyday strong
It’s important to be strategic about what you eat and drink on training and event days, but fueling your body...

Family & Relationships

When you’re both in uniform: Military couples today
Dual-military couples—where both partners are Military Service Members—are more common today than they once were. While it can be a...
Optimize your “relationship” performance
Solid relationships are important for Warfighter performance. Just like your body, relationships can be made stronger with training. And just...
In the face of family challenges, remember your Total Force Fitness strengths
Too often, you hear about the challenges Military Service Members encounter: long deployments, family separations, frequent moves, the increased risks...

Mental Fitness

Optimize performance through positive self-talk
Self-talk is what you say to yourself in your heat-of-the-moment thoughts. Throughout the day, you interpret and review the different...
Create good habits with these 4 easy strategies
The beginning of any new situation—such as the school year, a new duty station, a birthday, or a new role—is...
How to make your praise effective
Praise, when done right, gives leaders and parents the opportunity to enhance the resilience and performance of others. First, however,...

Environment

Heat illness: Prevention, treatment, and recovery
Exertional heat illness occurs when your body overheats during exercise. As your condition gets worse, your body can lose its...
Sickle cell trait awareness
Sickle cell trait (SCT) is a hereditary and generally harmless condition resulting from a genetic mutation that evolved to form...
Leaving on a jet plane? Here’s what happens when your plane loses pressure
Commercial flying is becoming more common for Military Service Members, their families, and civilians. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports...