News: Commit to success, plan for life
Story by Staff Sgt. Dayan Neely
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - You’ve spent six months committed to a specific health goal and are now at the point of analyzing your success. You’ve either made an improvement, a decline, or sustained your level of fitness and welfare. Whichever is the case, you still took the initiative to make a change.
The Army’s Performance Triad Program focuses on committing to make a positive change and sticking to that choice, through the improvement of sleep, exercise, and nutrition practices.
“[The Performance Triad] will prepare them to be ready, resilient, and increase their performance,” said Maj. Suzanne Akuley, senior nutritionist at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Sometimes the workouts you choose don’t pan out the way you’d hoped. The Triad teaches you to analyze what you have done and why you obtained specific results, then, apply that to your next step in self-improvement. The goal is to break habits of giving up when the outcome is undesirable.
“Examine whether your efforts are getting the results you want in each area of performance,” proposes the military’s Human Performance Resource Center. “Are they working? If not, stop and find something that does work.”
The Leader’s Guide and Planner recommends dumping the guilt and starting over. Essentially, don’t mull over failure, but find a new way to overcome challenges.
Plan your regimen ahead, with a clear way of tracking your progress. If all you look at is where you started and where you finish, you have no way of adjusting your approach to success.
The HPRC’s website states misinterpretations, called “thinking traps,” can lead to poor performance. Thinking traps are the assumptions of something negative, without having all of the facts.
Always think about obstacles and adversity when planning your goals. Prepare to encounter negative or stressful situations in your quest for better health.
Teamwork generally gets any job done quicker and more efficiently. This rule can apply to fitness as well. When you partner with a fitness buddy, there is someone there to hold you accountable to completing your training, and it develops positive competitiveness.
Take note of what has worked in your quest. Try to implement those successful practices into your daily life.
“The three legs of the Performance Triad,” said Akuley, “Nutrition, activity, and sleep, provide the soldiers with tools they can take with them wherever they go after this program is complete.”
The road to success is never easy. Otherwise, everyone would be on it. In the end, regardless of results, always keep in mind why you committed to a lifestyle change. Use the Performance Triad Program to help you stay loyal to yourself.
For more info on the Performance Triad Program visit http://armymedicine.mil/Pages/performance-triad.aspx and http://hprc-online.org/total-force-fitness/performance-triad.