Being in the military is hard work. Even for those whose jobs are more administrative in nature, there are still physical challenges.
Those deployed to warzones are required to wear heavy body armor, backpacks, and helmets, in addition to carrying weapons—sometimes across great distances. In the event of an attack, it is often necessary to dive for cover, run, or otherwise physically perform while weighted down. This puts a great strain on the body.
A little over half of veterans seek health care, after deployments, to address pain in their necks, back, knees, and shoulders, with many reporting chronic muscle pain.
Even when at home, many military jobs require heavy lifting. Items like toolboxes, freight, and munitions are weighty, and if safety guidelines are disregarded—as they often are—injuries happen.
Sustained exercise can help reduce pain related to musculoskeletal injuries, and can prevent new ones from occurring. Veterans should speak with their doctors about beginning a long-term exercise program in order to keep any injuries they received as military members under control.