Regular exercise is necessary to maintain fitness. Beneficial effects of exercise are gradually lost or reversed after a few weeks off from training. This deconditioning or detraining effect will be discussed later in this chapter.

Because of the nature of your missions it is imperative that you develop all aspects of physical fitness: strength, speed, flexibility, and endurance. Therefore, it is important for you to consider your training in terms of the FITT principle.

FITT = Frequency, Intensity, Time &Type

All four aspects of the FITT principle must be included to achieve the most benefit from your training program. Number and intensity of workouts is important as is the time spent exercising and cross training (see Chapter 3). Information on how to determine your training intensity is provided next.

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