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

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts rescue basket hoist training. USCG photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal.

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Physical Fitness

Foundational movements: Carry
Of the 6 foundational movements, the carry is probably most directly related to your daily mission-essential tasks. A “farmers’s carry”...
Are you at risk for Female Athlete Triad?
The Female Athlete Triad is a health condition that commonly affects physically active girls, teens, and women, especially those involved...
Recharge your recovery: 4 active-recovery techniques to add to your exercise plan
Periods of rest and recovery are essential for any workout routine. There are two types of recovery: passive recovery and...

Total Force Fitness

Does everything happen for a reason?
Your beliefs about the world affect how you make sense of problems and address them. Your beliefs also impact what...
Total Force Fitness for Endurance Events
Optimal performance requires more than just physical prowess. Many other factors play a role in your endurance performance. HPRC has...

Nutrition

Boost your mental performance with better nutrition
Have you ever felt tired, sluggish, or foggy after eating a big meal? Have you seen how kids (and kids...
Are you at risk for Female Athlete Triad?
The Female Athlete Triad is a health condition that commonly affects physically active girls, teens, and women, especially those involved...
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...

Family & Relationships

Especially for pet owners: Preparing for your PCS or deployment
Pets are wonderful companions, and you can benefit in so many ways: They can get you out exercising, increase your...
How to manage tough questions about your service
Chances are, you’ve been asked all kinds of questions about your military service, especially if you’ve been deployed. While it...
Problem-solving 101
Problems are a part of everyday life, so it’s important to be able to find and carry out solutions effectively...

Mental Fitness

Ask yourself, “Who’s got my six?”
Social support, in its many forms, is critical for performance and well-being, but your vast sources of support might not...
Does everything happen for a reason?
Your beliefs about the world affect how you make sense of problems and address them. Your beliefs also impact what...
Have hope: You can avoid the “always” and “everything” traps
When bad things happen or when failure finds its way into your life, it’s easy to get caught in a...

Environment

Wet-bulb-globe-temperature devices measure heat stress
Heat illness is a cumulative and progressive range of conditions that can occur with prolonged exposure or increased exertion in...
“Under-the-weather” rules for your next workout
Is it safe to exercise when you’re sick? The answer depends on your symptoms and how sick you’re actually feeling...