For every branch of the military you have to pass a PT (physical training) test to succeed in basic. For the Army National Guard you have to run two miles in a set time limit, depending on gender and age. For my age group I have to run the two miles in eighteen minutes, which is only two minutes shorter than my current two mile run. Last weekend I went to my first monthly drill and realized how much training I had to do in the next three months to get me ready for basic in October. I knew right off the bat that I need to shave two minutes off of my two miles, which won’t be too hard one I build up my endurance.
Getting in Shape for Basic Training
Training is hard work and you need to have some way to track how you are doing. Not just saying “oh I ran a mile this day and I think I did this many push-ups this one time.” You need a system – a way to keep track.
Once I came home from the drill I decided that I was going to cut out all soda, fast food, and candy. Things that I’ve noticed have been a part of my regular diet since summer started. I’m also going to be running every day or every other day, depending on my schedule. I bought training sheets for my planner so that I can track all my meals, water intake, and exercises for the week.
I’m able to set goals for myself. This week I’m trying to shave off a minute on my one mile. I’m using the Happy Planner training inserts, because I won’t be able to monitor my progress just by thinking about it. Writing it down helps me to be able to see what I need to work on. Using a planner to track my workouts is, in my opinion, better than using my phone. I can get easily distracted when it comes to technology (who can’t?) and being able to put a pen to paper is a lot better to see the progress. You can’t play a game or watch a video with a planner.
The great thing about The Happy Planner Fitness Tracker is that they have a water tracker for each day. I use a blue highlighter to fill in the bubbles every time I drink a bottle of water. This is going to help me with my goal of getting in shape for basic training.
What method do you use to track your exercise, and do you have any tips to share?