Get fit for Christ­mas with army

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Wor­ried by fall­ing lev­els of fit­ness among po­ten­tial re­cruits, the De­fence Force has pro­duced an app that can have a slob ready to be a sol­dier within six weeks.

Not that the app is meant just for po­ten­tial re­cruits.

Any­one with a han­ker­ing to shape up can down­load it free.

The move has support from within the fit­ness in­dus­try, with one per­sonal trainer hop­ing plenty of peo­ple with no in­ten­tion of join­ing the De­fence Force will give it a go.

The app – Force Fit – was pro­duced after re­cruiters no­ticed more young peo­ple were fail­ing the en­try-level fit­ness test.

The app’s six-week pro­gramme is a back-to­ba­sics ap­proach the force uses ev­ery day to keep its staff fit.

It helps can­di­dates for re­cruit­ment get ready for their ini­tial fit­ness tests to join the navy, army or air force.

Ac­cord­ing to the app, some­one want­ing to join the army should aim to run 2.4km in 10min 30sec, do 28 press-ups and 60 curl-ups.

‘‘We can see keep­ing fit and stay­ing healthy is a strug­gle for many New Zealan­ders, so we felt an obli­ga­tion to do some­thing that would not only help pre­pare our re­cruits, but could also in­spire the coun­try to make fit­ness their mis­sion,’’ Chief of De­fence Force Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tim Keat­ing said.

Wellington per­sonal trainer Alex Vaney said the pro­gramme would be a good start for peo­ple want­ing to get fit.

‘‘I reckon that would be steer­ing in the right di­rec­tion, ‘‘ he said.

The level of fit­ness tar­geted for the end of the six-week pro­gramme seemed a healthy goal for a nor­mal per­son, Vaney said.

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