New exercise app wants to help Guardsmen train smarter


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Tired of doing the same workout routine? Not seeing the results you’d like? Guard Your Health, a health and wellness campaign for Army National Guard Soldiers, is here to help. Use these tips and resources to train smarter:

Download Guard Fit

Take the guess work out of training with Guard Fit, the first and only mobile app designed exclusively for Army National Guard Soldiers. Create a customized training plan based on your schedule, fitness goals, and desired level of intensity. You can also add friends, create groups, and compete with your buddies for the top leaderboard spot. Guard Fit is available now on Android devices.

HIIT it

High intensity interval training (HIIT), or short bouts of intense exercise, help build your endurance and increase your speed. These workouts are also great if you’re looking to stay fit on the go. HIIT can take many forms and can be done anywhere, without any equipment. Add 60-second sprints to your next run, do an ab circuit, or try a #WarriorReady Workout.

Eat right

Healthy eating is just as important as exercise in achieving your fitness goals. Eating the right foods will boost your performance and help you see the results of all your hard work. Start planning your meals with Guard Your Health’s #ClassIRecipes. They’re easy to make and won’t break the bank.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Hydration is critical for performance and recovery. If you’re having trouble finishing your workouts or cramping up when you exercise, you may be dehydrated. Everyone’s hydration requirements are different. Find out how much you should be drinking with this hydration calculator.

Rest, recover, repeat

Resting in between workouts gives your muscles a chance to recover and get stronger. If you don’t give your body enough time to recover, you run the risk of injury or overexertion. Sleep is the prime time for your body to recover. Make sure you’re getting seven to nine hours every night.

By The Guard Your Health team