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QPME: Fitness for Marines

QPME FY17 Q1: Information and resources for a Marine's physical, spiritual, mental, and social fitness.

Physical Fitness

PT PT every day! Build your body the Marine Corps way!"

~ Marine ditty

Physical Fitness includes a set of characteristics that people have or can achieve relating to their ability to perform physical activity. Our Service members must demonstrate the ability to physically accomplish all aspects of the mission while remaining healthy and meet the criteria for deployment, retention, and continued military service.

Many components of physical fitness are shared across the Services. The common thread among them is that Service members and their families benefit from a holistic approach to physical fitness

A well-rounded physical fitness program should include varied cardio training: balanced strength training that includes core strengthening exercises, flexibility, speed, and agility training; appropriate amounts of sleep and recovery; and effective mind-body programs such as yoga, martial arts, and meditation.

  Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command conduct "dynamic warmup" exercises as part of MARSOC's Performance and Resiliency program aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oct. 1, 2010. The PERRES program is a holistic approach to physical fitness, performance enhancement and injury prevention that emphasizes personal and unit development of the mind, body and spirit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNally/Released). Photo courtesy of DVIDS.

Physical Fitness is a fundamental element of one's physical and mental health, mission performance, and readiness.

 
By integrating physical fitness into the other seven domains of Total Force Fitness (TFF), Service members and their families can prepare themselves for the intensity of today's operational demands.

marines runing across a bridge in formation
  Marines with Task Force Los Angeles participated in the “Conquer the Bridge” race during L.A. Fleet Week in San Pedro, Calif., Sept. 5, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tyler Harrison). Photo courtesy of DVIDS.

Marine Corps Resources

Nutrition Resources

These links are intended to be a starting point for your learning and exploration on the topic, and are not a comprehensive list of available resources.

Online Resources

These links are intended to be a starting point for your learning and exploration on the topic, and are not a comprehensive list of available resources.

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