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7 Health Tips from a Master Fitness Trainer

SFC Jenny George doing push up

When SFC Jenny George attended basic training, she saw a group of Soldiers performing fitness challenges that required an incredible amount of physical strength. Inspired by their efforts, she learned they were completing the Master Fitness Trainer (MFT) course and made it her goal to become an MFT. After 16 years in the Army National Guard (ARNG), she finally got the chance to attend the course.

George has always been interested in health and wellness and currently serves as a Medical Admin NCO for the Minnesota ARNG State Surgeon’s office. She is also certified as a personal trainer through the National Institute of Personal Training. As an MFT, George advises her commander on how to keep the company healthy, medically ready, and physically fit.

She makes it her mission to motivate and inspire other Soldiers to build healthy habits. Check out these seven tips George recommends to make healthy habits a lifestyle:

1. Look for Free Workouts

“You don’t have to spend a ton of money on special equipment or a fancy gym,” George said. Workout videos or training plans to do your own interval workout are available for free online.

2. Join an Exercise Group

Exercising with others can boost your motivation. Find a free community group. Team Red, White, and Blue offers free events that promote physical and social activity.

3. Fill Half Your Plate with Vegetables

Nutrition is important! Your body will thank you for eating the right foods. George recommends lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and veggies.

4. Add Probiotics and Prebiotics to Your Diet

Probiotics and prebiotics help improve digestive health and keep your immune system strong,” George said. Eat bananas, honey, yogurt, and sourdough bread to get prebiotics and probiotics naturally.

5. Don’t Over-Do It

“You don’t need to be in a gym for hours every day to get results,” George said. “High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, workouts are my favorite. They are short, intense, and very effective.”

6. Use Proper Form

Proper exercise form helps reduce your risk of injuries. Check out APFT Max for guidance or talk to a fitness instructor.

7. Get Enough Sleep

Sleeping helps your body recover from the day. “Keep a consistent bedtime and wake time to make sure you get enough sleep each night,” George said. Create a regular bedtime routine of powering down before bed.

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