Performance Triad

PERFORMANCE TRIAD 1

PerformanceTriad

Abstract

The U.S. Army hasachieved worldwide acclaim for its efficiency and discipline.Notably, such respect has motivated plenty of enemies to launchunprovoked attacks. Therefore, the military has had to developinnovative ways of rising above rival forces. The U.S. government hasinvested millions of dollars into various programs and initiatives tostrengthen the army. Consequently, the has beencreated through the integration of sleep, activity, and nutrition.While all three components are quite crucial, sleep is arguably themost important aspect. Soldiers who get adequate rest manifest properdecision-making and remain alert. They also have higher performancesince they experience less stress and fatigue. Adequate sleep alsoenables the troops to make better eating decisions. In this regard, Iwill ensure that the soldiers within my unit eat before, during, andafter workouts. Consequently, I expect to see an improved level ofperformance within three months.

The United States Army has been lauded as the most advanced militaryin the world. Many Americans cherish the privilege of serving theircountry. In fact, some are usually willing to sacrifice their livesto protect fellow soldiers and frustrate the enemy. Granted,possessing such an impressive army does not dissuade rival forcesfrom attempting to mount challenges. Consequently, the U.S. militaryhas developed unique ways of reinforcing its soldiers and ensuringoptimal output. The is one of the initiatives thatwere designed to heighten the capabilities of the army`s troops. Theprogram was formed as a combination of three independent components,namely, sleep, physical activity, and nutrition (The PerformanceTriad, 2015). The is equally reliant on the threefactors to create a professional soldier, who manifests supremeathleticism.

Sleep is the most significant factor when it comes to soldierreadiness. In fact, current Army guidance requires service men andwomen to rest for eight hours during every 24-hour period. Notably,all adults need 7-8 hours of sleep to perform at optimal levels (The, 2015). Therefore, it is important for soldiers tomaintain a regular, consistent routine. Sleep is beneficial tosoldiers due to various reasons. Firstly, it helps them to makeproper decisions on the battlefield (The , 2015).Soldiers have to consider many factors as they shield and protecteach other in intricate formations. Hence, it is prudent to makesound decisions that not only save lives but also vanquish the enemy.Adequate sleep also helps to reinvigorate troops such that they areable to reduce their fatigue levels (The , 2015). Inthis regard, soldiers can walk for long distances while wearing thickuniforms and carrying heavy artillery. Furthermore, having enoughsleep enables troops to be alert and attentive (The PerformanceTriad, 2015). The carnage during war requires split-second reactionson the part of the soldiers. In fact, sleeping for less than fivehours for five consecutive days results in 20% cognitive decline (The Challenge, 2015). Consequently, they must exercisecaution to limit the impact of booby traps, surprise attacks, andconcealed land mines or grenades. Soldiers need adequate sleep toboost their performance and reduce the likelihood of accidents. Infact, less than 5% of troops can sustain their productivity levelswhen they rest for less than 7-8 hours per day (The Challenge, 2015). On the other hand, sleep-deprived individuals areeasily distracted by seemingly minor things. They can also manifestirritability that weakens their relationships with fellow soldiers.Inevitably, adequate sleep results in better eating decisions. Inthis respect, soldiers will have the desire and energy to preparehealthy meals rather than settle for snacks.

It is essential for troops to have proper nutrition while on thebattleground. Well-balanced diets enable soldiers to participate intop-level training exercises. Good nutrition also increases the levelof energy and endurance (The , 2015). In manyinstances, troops have to bear with extreme heat on the battlefield.Nutrition also enhances concentration and focus such that soldierscan remain alert at all times. Proper dieting also reduces therecovery times during army exercises (The , 2015).Some mitigating factors could be implemented to ensure proper eatinghabits within the unit. For example, I would introduce nutrienttiming to heighten the level of performance. My team members wouldhave to fuel their bodies with proper foods to obtain maximumtraining results. Before embarking on strenuous activities, eachsoldier would be required to eat snacks or other suitable smallmeals. Drinking two cups of water would also be made mandatory. Thelength of the training session will determine the amount of nutrientsneeded during the workout. Strenuous activities that go beyond anhour will necessitate the consumption of carbohydrates for every 20minutes. Such foods would include gel shots, granola bars, fruits,commercial sports bar, fruit drinks. Additionally, one cup of watershould be taken every 15 minutes depending on the relative humidity.Notably, dehydration can reduce a soldier’s performance by 30% (The Challenge, 2015). Therefore, troops must drinkplenty of water to replenish the fluids that are lost throughconstant perspiration. In this regard, vegetables and fruits can helpto cause rehydration. Other foods such as cucumbers, celery, grapes,and watermelons can also be used as sources of fluids (The Challenge, 2015). After the workout, all soldiersmust eat carbohydrate-rich foods and proteins within 30 minutes ofstrenuous activity. Some of these foods include commercial sportsbars, low-fat yogurt, bananas, whole-grain bread with peanut butter,nuts, 100% fruit juice, and low-fat chocolate milk (The PerformanceTriad, 2015). Adopting such a strategy would ensure that soldiers eatbefore, during, and after strenuous activities. Furthermore, it isvital to create a list of foods and beverages that troops can accesswhile at their training base. Hence, they can draft realistic plansin preparation for unexpected missions (The , 2015).Such improvements should be manifest after the first three months.

Indeed, the U.S. Army has implemented the to createsoldiers who display professionalism and athleticism. The programcomprises of three pillars, namely, sleep, activity, and nutrition.Nevertheless, sleep is the most important factor since it enablestroops to be alert and focused. Adequate rest also wards off fatigue,irritability, stress, and distractions. Notably, having enough sleephelps soldiers to make better decisions concerning nutrition. In thisrespect, the unit can eat before, during, and after workouts toensure optimal performance within three months.

References

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. (2015). Retrieved fromhttp://armymedicine.mil/Documents/Performance_Triad_Leaders_Guide.pdf