Teaching soldiers about physical fitness is vital. It must be an ongoing effort that uses trained experts like MFTs. Soldiers must understand why the program is organized the way it is and what the basic fitness principles are. When they know why they are training in a certain way, they are more likely to wholeheartedly take part. This makes the training more effective.
Education also helps the Army develop its total fitness concept. Total fitness should be reinforced throughout each soldier’s career. Classroom instruction in subjects such as principles of exercise, diet and nutrition, tobacco cessation, and stress management should be held at regular intervals. Local “Fit to Win” coordinators (AR 600-63) can help develop classes on such subjects.