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Human Performance Resource Center

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

Thunderbirds fly over Crater Lake, Oregon.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

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Physical Fitness

Exercising after your baby’s birth
Moderate exercise during pregnancy is generally safe if you are healthy and have a normal pregnancy. It can help relieve...
Do compression sleeves improve performance?
Chances are you’ve seen athletes wearing detached sleeves on their arms or legs—or long sleeves under their uniforms in the...
Build muscle with lighter weights
If you’re just starting a program, coming back after taking some time off from the gym, or recovering from an...

Total Force Fitness

Holistic heart health
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death among adults in the U.S., but there are things you can do...
Azimuth check: Are you living your values?
Duty, integrity, ethics, honor, courage, loyalty: You know what these words mean, but how do they look in your daily...
Rethink your risky behaviors for better health and performance
It’s no secret you can get sick from smoking, drinking too much, and other risky behaviors—or that many Military Service...

Nutrition

How to purge your pantry before your PCS
When the time comes for you to become one of the more than 400,000 Military Service Members who’ll pack up...
Operation “Learn to Cook”
Did you know that you can learn to cook like a pro—for free? Many military installations now offer programs that...

Family & Relationships

The family that plays together, stays together
An important part of your family’s health and happiness is making time to have fun together. Families who make time...
Bed partners, sleep habits, and the path to sweet dreams
Lack of sleep doesn’t just negatively affect your physical and mental health and performance. Failure to get enough sleep can...
5 strategies to put family time first
It can be really tough for Military Service Members to have quality family time. Between work and kids, it’s normal...

Mental Fitness

Power your performance with optimism
Optimistic thinking is more than the common perception of seeing the glass as half full. How you think has a...
Bed partners, sleep habits, and the path to sweet dreams
Lack of sleep doesn’t just negatively affect your physical and mental health and performance. Failure to get enough sleep can...
A mindfulness meditation primer
Whether deployed or at home, you can use mindfulness as a self-care tool to help optimize your performance and balance...

Environment

Sniffles or sick: What’s causing your springtime ick?
As spring sets in, flowers start to bloom and trees get their leaves back, bringing all of their pollen with...
Stay hydrated in the winter months
Most people associate dehydration with hot weather, but you can get dehydrated in cold weather too. It isn’t always easy...