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How to Prepare for Basic Training

If you have your sights set on entering one of the branches of the armed forces, it is time to get started now preparing for entering basic training. Basic training is a demanding course that will wear you down physically, mentally, and emotionally. It isn’t recommended that you wait to start preparing for this experience until you arrive on your first day. Start now so you will have a decent chance at making it all the way through to the end.

If you are not used to physical activity, you should start training at home slowly at first. If you jump right into to the daily routine of a sailor or marine you will only end up exhausted and totally defeated. Set workout goals and work up to them slowly over several weeks. Start out with fewer repetitions, lower weights, and shorter distances in the beginning. You will be tested in these areas when you arrive, so you will want to be physically prepared for them when you get to basic training.

Don’t procrastinate

It is important that you begin your exercise routines early and that you do them every day. Training a couple of times a week won’t prepare you for the extreme workouts of basic training. Now is also the time to start getting your internal clock adjusted. In training you will be getting up extremely early every day. As soon as you are awake you will be faced with a lot of grueling tasks to accomplish. There won’t be coffee and donuts waiting for you, and you won’t have any time to wake yourself up. You will be moving the second you open your eyes.

Running is one of the key components of your physical condition during basic training. If you are not a runner, start out slowly at first. Try running for a mile or less in your first week of training. Then work up to increased distances gradually. Eventually you will want to run for long distances as endurance running will actually help you improve your speed in shorter jogs. Running will get you in shape, and is a great cardiovascular workout. Try to get to a point where you can run a mile in at least eight minutes. Faster is better though.

If you know martial arts training or have used a self defense DVD in the past, get out and brush up on your skills now. It isn’t likely that your DVDs will train you for the combat techniques you will use in basic training, but they will help you limber up and improve your agility. You are going to need those two things when it’s time for the obstacle course.

Lastly, learn to pay attention to detail. You will be called out for the slightest of errors while you are in basic training. Get yourself conditioned ahead of time. Be meticulous about the way you make your bed, fold your clothes, and shine your boots. Your drill instructor is definitely going to notice.

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