No matter how many times I put on my IOTV (Individual Outer Tactical Vest, a.k.a., body armor,) it’s still WAAAAY too heavy for me. With the vest, and the bulletproof plates inserted, plus all the gear I attach to it, I’ll bet I’m lugging between 55 to 65 pounds each time I go out. Not fun, but necessary.
Whenever I return from a mission outside the wire, I can’t wait to shed all the gear. The feeling once the weight is lifted is a relief, and I immediately start to get cooler. (Wearing all that gear makes me sweat, plus it’s hot in the ‘stan!)
Some of my team members, who are fitness freaks, actually like to go to the gym and workout after going on a mission. Although it ultimately helps their body, I assume they like to go because it de-stresses them.
They sometimes invite me along. I always decline.
After wearing a vest, two weapons, three cameras, full loads of ammunition plus boots and helmet, going out on a mission provides all the exercise I need!