File photos of personnel taking on the Pegasus Company (better known as P Company) - famous around the world as the physical selection process for airborne forces in the British Army
File photos of personnel taking on the Pegasus Company (better known as P Company) - famous around the world as the physical selection process for airborne forces in the British Army (Picture: Army/MOD).
Health and Fitness

Military community steps up for National Fitness Day

Members of the military are sharing tips on how and why fitness is so important for health.

File photos of personnel taking on the Pegasus Company (better known as P Company) - famous around the world as the physical selection process for airborne forces in the British Army
File photos of personnel taking on the Pegasus Company (better known as P Company) - famous around the world as the physical selection process for airborne forces in the British Army (Picture: Army/MOD).

The military is celebrating National Fitness Day with a range of activities to highlight the importance of exercise and physical and mental wellbeing.

The British Peace Support Team (BPST) -  Africa which is based in Kenya and provides peacekeeping support across the continent, released a video showing members of the team and civilian employees working out together.

Colour Sergeant Che Jones said: "At BPST, here we take fitness quite seriously because we are all members of the British Armed Forces so we need to keep a basic fitness level all year round. We have the benefit of adding our civilian employed staff as well who take part and do as best as they can.

"Fitness even in civilian life and Army life is good for your health, gives you longevity of life as well as a sense of good wellbeing and natural endorphins."

National Fitness Day also highlights the importance of mental health.

On Twitter, the Army Hive, which provides information support to personnel, shared an online mental health support community which is free to members of the Armed Forces, their family and veterans.

Of course the military is synonymous with fitness so who better to share tips on fitness?

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Museum has shared a workout from Major (Ret'd) Rick Henderson, the Director of the REME Museum who was also a REME Physical Training Instructor.

The only piece of kit that is needed for this guide to stay fit at home is a hand towel!

Each year communities from across the Armed Forces take up various challenges from plank-offs through to sharing fitness tips all to highlight just how important physical activity is for physical and mental wellbeing.