What is the Performance Triad?
The Performance Triad is a comprehensive U.S. Army initiative that gets back to the basics of health: sleep, activity, and nutrition. It is being rolled out as part of the System for Health and is designed to build and sustain Soldier health in order to optimize personal and unit performance, resilience, and readiness. Soldiers should focus on all three components of the triad equally.
The Performance Triad pilot started in September of 2013 at battalions on Fort Bliss, Fort Bragg, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It includes educational resources and technological tools for both leaders and soldiers. Soldiers learn to train like elite athletes—and this resilience training is a key aspect of military education from the time a Soldier starts until the time of separation or retirement from the Army and beyond. Components of the triad will be rolled out over the next year, so keep your eye out for more information to be added to the initiative.
What are the three focal areas of the Triad?
The Triad focuses on three critical components of performance: sleep, physical activity, and nutrition. Sleep, activity, and nutrition interact, so it’s important to pay equal attention to all of them to achieve readiness and performance above and beyond.
- Sleep seven to eight hours every day.
- Finish physical activity three hours before bedtime.
- Create a “wind-down routine” for the 30–60 minutes before bedtime.
- Stop consuming caffeine six hours before bedtime.
- Seek help if you have sleep problems for more than two weeks.
- Vary workouts and include strength, endurance, balance, agility and coordination
- Warm up.
- Decrease inactivity (sitting) time.
- Walk 10,000 steps a day.
- Manage injuries quickly.
- Eat good-quality food.
- Stay well hydrated.
- Be informed about dietary supplements.
- Focus on whole foods.
Head to the Performance Triad website section to begin your journey. You will find news, tip cards, training sessions, and more.
The Triad also highlights some apps, devices, and websites that can help you on your performance quest. For example:
- H.E.A.L.T.H. Application is an app that you and your family can use. It’s based on the Army Physical Fitness test standards and gives you personalized performance plans.
- Personal Fitness Devices can help monitor your sleep, nutrition, and activity.
- Army Fit is a website designed as part of CSF2 to support you (and your family) by providing health and wellness information.