As a Squad Leader, you know that your Soldiers must be prepared both physically and mentally for the mission at hand. A healthy balance of sleep, activity, and nutrition is the key to optimizing personal and unit performance, resilience, and readiness. The Performance Triad provides Army leaders with the information and tools needed to promote sleep, activity, and nutrition among their Soldiers during all phases of training.
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Sleep is a biological necessity for proper brain function and is critical for sustaining mental abilities required for success on and off the battlefield. Although getting adequate sleep (7-8 hours every 24 hours) can be difficult, it must become a daily priority for you and your Soldiers. Disciplined sleep equals survivability, focus, and mental agility. There are tactics that you can use to improve your sleep quality and keep your sleep bank full if you are under sleep restriction.
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Physical training-related injuries are a leading barrier to medical readiness and are largely preventable. Soldiers with musculoskeletal injuries make up about 45 percent of the medically not ready or nondeployable. In theater, PT-related injuries represent the majority of noncombat medical evacuations. Employing established principles of physical training and exercise science will build the valuable Soldiering skills of strength, power, speed, and agility required to help Soldiers optimize their physical fitness.
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Quality nutrition is essential to mission success and life-long health. Proper food choices and meal timing will maximize performance in the gym, during a combat mission, at home, at work, and everywhere in between. Encourage your Soldiers to view food as part of their physical conditioning. Eating regular, balanced meals maintains energy levels, improves endurance, and increases metabolism.
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Technology is an important tool in helping Leaders 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 well-being through sleep, activity, and nutrition. The following are online resources available to you and your Soldiers 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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