I'm interested to hear from any ex forces members here who were once at a very high level of fitness.
Did you keep that level of fitness up once you left the forces?
Does your old fitness abilities help to motivate you now you don't have to do it any more?, Maybe it actualy puts you off, thinking that you'll
never be at that level again? Of course that may not always be the case, but i know of many ex soldiers who think they can never be as fit as they
were back then.
I'm coming up to 44 years old, and it's been twenty years since i left the forces. I was in the military police so once you passed your basic
training, unless you had a boss who was keen on fitness, it was very much a personal thing. Luckily, i enjoyed the phsical side of the army, and
maintained very high levels of fitness.
Twenty years on, when you don't have to do it any more....it's not always as easy.
A few stone heavier with a few injuries, some from the army, others from just getting old, and i know i'll never be able to march mikes and miles
with stupid weights on my back. Then again, like i said, i don't have to
Now my eldest daughter who is 18, she is joining up and going through the whole phsyical fitness preperation that you do before your assessments. Lots
of runs, jerry cans shuttle runs, strength lifts and many many bodyweight exercises. I'm building her a nice solid pull up bar and dip station in the
garden, and she's coming on leaps and bounds with her personal health and fitness.
It has motivated me though to get back into shape.
I'm going to stick to basic bodyweight exercises, pull ups, sit ups, press ups, dips, squats etc. Cardio will consist of mainly walking, rowing and
cycling as i have a slipped spine and a really weak ankle that turns over at the slightest thing.
My goal is to lose about forty pounds. Yes that sounds a lot, but i need to. I carry my weight well, and people know me from the shape i was in in the
army, they just think i'm built like a tank lol....but i know i'm not.
So have any of you kept a good level of fitness since leaving? Or are you starting out again at an older age?
Really interested to hear your experiences of this, including what kind of routine you do.
Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for any comments.