Sleep is critical in achieving optimal physical, mental, and emotional health, however, the demands of one's job often make it difficult to get sufficient sleep. In training and on the battlefield, inadequate sleep impairs many abilities that are essential to the mission, such as detecting and appropriately determining threat levels and coordinating squad tactics. Getting optimal sleep starts with learning and practicing good sleep habits before, during, and after deployment. There are many ways in which Leaders and Soldiers can eliminate sleep distractors and practice proper sleep hygiene to ensure that optimal, healthy sleep is achieved.
Physical Fitness and Activity are crucial to ensuring our Soldiers perform as elite athletes. Practicing principles of safe and effective training are vital to maintaining physical readiness, preventing injuries, and improving general health. The Triad informs Soldiers and Leaders on how to practice safe running, use proper resistance training techniques, prevent overtraining, and increase daily physical activity among other key topics.
Eating or fueling for performance enables top level training, increases energy and endurance, shortens recovery time between activities, improves focus and concentration, and helps Leaders and Soldiers look and feel better. For Soldiers it is especially imperative to build an eating strategy that will complement the requirements of their mission. The Triad's guidance on nutrition for performance teaches Soldiers about the key nutrients needed to complete mission tasks, describes refueling techniques, and details strategies for creating a nutrition plan.
Technology is also an important tool in helping the Army Family succeed in getting quality Sleep, engaging in Activity, and improving their Nutrition. Because technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives there are several interactive tools that can help everyone achieve a healthier wellbeing through SleepActivity, Nutrition, and . The following are online resources available to Soldiers, retirees, and their families to set goals, track their progress, and challenge others to make better choices in their Lifespace.
- Your Smartphone is a powerful partner in enhancing your performance and personal readiness. Over 50% of Smartphone users search for health information on their phones and one out of five has at least on health app on their phone. Most individuals surveyed on this topic like apps that focus on exercise, nutrition, and weight loss.
- Trying to reach your health goals can be challenging. Believe if or not, social media can be very helpful in reaching your goals! Researchers found that people who use online podcasts, read daily health-related tweets, and post daily updates on their weight loss goals lost more weight than people who do not. Actually, on average the participants lost 0.5% body weight for every 10 daily tweets they posted about their nutrition plan and weight loss. Social support through social media seems to help!
- One of the goals of the Performance Triad is to show you how technology can help you meet your performance and health-related goals.
ArmyFit™: A tech resource provided by the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program, that contains features such as:
- Global Assessment Tool 2.0: a tool that scores you in several dimensions to determine how old or young your body thinks you are.
- Articles, reference materials, action plans, videos, etc. on thousands of topics related to healthy living.
- Tracker for your weight, calories consumed, and physical activity, and the ability to check your progress over time.
- Healthy challenges (like logging food intake) to earn points and badges to show off within the ArmyFit™ community.
Army H.E.A.L.T.H.: A web and Smartphone app that helps promote performance nutrition and exercise by allowing you to:
- Receive personalized nutrition and fitness plans based on your goals.
- Find articles and resources on nutrition, fitness, and mind and body.
- Track your weight and calorie intake (respectively) over time.
To register for Army H.E.A.L.T.H. go to armyhealth.pbrc.edu