Get Fit for the APFT. Get Fit for Life.

This April, Guard Your Health will launch FitText, an optional text-messaging initiative centered on preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and supporting overall fitness among Army National Guard (ARNG) soldiers and their families.

When does FitText begin?

Beginning on April 15, FitText is designed to help soldiers make plans to get fit before the upcoming warm weather months.

Who runs FitText?

Guard Your Health, a campaign out of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office, is launching the FitText initiative.

What type of information will I get from FitText?

FitText will deliver actionable tips, inspiration, and reminders each week via text message straight to soldiers’ mobile devices to help them stay on track with their training. Individuals who sign-up will have access to the following:

  • Physical fitness training plans
  • Encouragement to stay motivated during training
  • Tips to get ready for the APFT – from three months in advance through test day
  • Strategies to adjust your form and breathing to help improve your APFT score
  • How-tos to help you optimize what you eat and how you sleep for better performance

Sample text messages could include:
“Quick way to kill your test score? Overtraining the week before your APFT. During test week, do only light workouts (NO muscle-failure drills). Rest completely the day prior to the test.”
“Hydration is CRITICAL before, during, and after the APFT. During breaks in the test, slowly drink small amounts of water to replenish fluids lost from sweating.”

How Do I Sign Up?

ARNG Soldiers, family members, and anyone looking to improve their overall fitness training can sign up for FitText by texting “fit” to 703-997-6747. Text messages will begin on April 15, but you can sign up anytime. NOTE: Standard text messaging rates apply. Learn more at

About Guard Your Health

Guard Your Health is a health and medical readiness campaign for Army National Guard Soldiers and their families sponsored by the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office. Guard Your Health provides Army National Guard Soldiers with the information, motivation, and support to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their families, and their units. To learn more about improving your health, visit the Guard Your Health website, LIKE “Army National Guard Health” on Facebook, and follow @ARNGHealth on Twitter.