Active Living

Last Updated: August 14, 2018
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Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it can help:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Performance Triad Tips for Physical Activity: Sit Less, Move More!  PT Home Page

  • Prolonged sitting increases the risk of blood clots, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Moving during the day, in addition to PT and/or getting the recommended daily activity, is necessary to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and other health conditions.
  • Regular movement increases blood flow, breaks down fat, burns calories, and helps to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get at least 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes) of moderate intensity exercise per week.
  • Move at least 10 minutes every hour (e.g. take a walk break, stand up to stretch, or take the long route to the restroom at work).
  • Aim to walk at least 10,000 steps during your everyday routine.

The Performance Triad is the Army Surgeon General's initiative to promote Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition among Soldiers and retirees, and their families. Research finds that Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition are vital components to mission readiness and general health, both individually and collectively.  The Triad provides key steps everyone can use to improve their health and wellbeing in these three aspects.

Coach, teach, and mentor in the areas of Sleep, Activity, and Nutrition with these Performance Triad Counseling Forms (samples) External Link (milBook - restricted access)


The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth  (March 13, 2013)