As a Soldier, your health is your greatest asset. Proper rest, physical training, and fueling are all vital to preparing your mind and body for any mission or task. The Performance Triad equips Soldiers with the resources needed to achieve and maintain optimal physical fitness and overall health. A healthy balance of sleep, activity, and nutrition will ensure that you are ready to perform both on and off the battlefield.
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Soldiers are often required to work long hours and to function with very little sleep. Although getting adequate sleep (7-8 hours every 24 hours) can be difficult, it must become a top priority in your day. Sleep is critical for sustaining the mental and physical abilities you need for success in training and during the mission. There are tactics that you can use to help keep your sleep bank full, whether or not you are under sleep restriction.
Visit the resources below to learn more about building healthy sleep habits.
Injuries sustained during physical training and sports activities are the third leading cause of injury hospitalizations. These types of injuries can often be prevented with proper technique and use of the appropriate equipment. In addition to PT, it is also important to stay active throughout the day. Prolonged sitting increases the risk of blood clots, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Practice smart training principles to get results and avoid injury.
Visit the resources below to learn more about physical fitness and injury prevention.
Fueling with the right amount of carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fats promotes energy, endurance, stamina, and muscle growth. Proper fueling can help you maintain a healthy weight and decrease post-exercise muscle soreness. Plan your meals like you plan your workouts. A plan for eating and hydrating before, during, and after physical training is essential for achieving your training goals.
Learn more about building a healthy plate for every meal.
Technology is an important tool in helping the Soldiers 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 you achieve a healthier wellbeing through sleep, activity, and nutrition. The following are online resources available to you and your family to set goals, track your progress, and challenge others to make better choices every day.
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 with 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 promotes 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
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