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In this podcast, 25-year-old veteran Rajiv Srinivasan (Captain, U.S. Army) talks with Fortnight Editor Samantha Hinds about finding solace in physical fitness after war.
Rajiv describes his running, bike-riding and yoga regimen as "the most effective means by which I have reintegrated into society after a long year in Afghanistan."
"Exercise is to me what dance would be to a typical performing artist," says Rajiv, who calls his work-outs "an expression of anger and angst" that remove "emotional toxins" from combat. He also reveals the changes in physique that soldiers experience during combat, from carrying heavy equipment and eating MREs. Describing the fattening qualities of Army field food, Rajiv quips that he "felt like the guy who did Super Size Me." He describes coping physically with desert heat, awkward muscle issues and daily cravings for food "made with my Mom's hands."