Warrior Shredding program

For veterans, one of the riskiest times for weight gain is immediately following their discharge from the military. The transition from the active military lifestyle to a relatively sedentary one can be a struggle for former service members who are trying to maintain healthy weight and physical fitness levels.  To add to an already intense time, visible and invisible injuries, wounds and illnesses combined with certain medication may also create a challenge for a healthy lifestyle.  

The purpose of Warriors Beyond War is to combat all these challenges by introducing various forms or recreational therapy programs uniquely designed to address these concerns in a safe environment surrounded by supportive professionals while re introducing the bonds of tribe, camaraderie  and family that had been lost during the transition to civilian life. 

The Warrior Shredding Program is an intensive 6-8 week program that requires a serious commitment to the program and the training it entails.  The transition period includes a collaboration between various gyms and training facilities to include mentor ship and training methods provided by Certified Master Fitness Trainer and Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist Dave DePew among others. Gym membership, training fees, nutrition coaching, assessments, and other services provided from money donated to the Warriors Beyond War program and is free of cost to our wounded, ill or injured warriorsIf you would like to be considered for the Warrior Shredding Program please send us an email at info@warriorsbeyondwar.org

  • 2013: Found that Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with PTSD and depression are at particular risk for obesity and not being able to lose weight, relative to all those who served in the two countries between 2001 and 2010

The challenges of veterans returning to civilian can be made even more difficult by many underlying concerns including:

  • De-regulated nervous system that can cause symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, difficulty focusing, and mood swings.

  • Lack of purpose or meaning to replace the compelling imperative of military service. 

  • Sense of loss for the camaraderie and unique relational bonds that are a key part of many people’s military experience.  

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Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by:

  • Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being

  • Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety

Regular exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits, too. It can help you:

  • Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.

  • Get more social interaction. Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.

  • Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage depression or anxiety is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how you feel, or hoping depression or anxiety will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.

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