Many healthy wellness programs have been updating their fitness performance tracking strategies to include sleep. Recently, the even the Canadian Armed Forces updated their own fitness strategy to include sleep as one of its four main components.
This is becoming an increasingly common move in fitness performance tracking in groups where physical and mental fitness, energy and alertness are critical. In that specific case, sleep has been added to the three other existing pillars of fitness including physical activity, nutrition and injury prevention.
Fitness Performance Tracking Indicators
This new component of fitness performance tracking has been added as an indicative performance behavior in the new “BALANCE” fitness strategy of the Canadian military. This addition has other national militaries as well as other groups such as emergency responders, paying attention. The new military fitness indicators replace the previous version that was last updated in 2008.
Sleep had not previously been mentioned in prior military fitness performance tracking strategies. That said, it is now one of four primary measures of fitness.
Why is Sleep a Measure of Fitness?
It is very rare for adults to be able to reach optimal performance levels when regularly obtaining fewer than seven or eight hours of sleep per night. This, according to the new fitness strategy of the Canadian military, which cited a number of studies on the impact of sleep on soldiers in making this determination.
The military’s own recruitment website states that its recruits should expect to receive six hours of sleep per night during basic training. That said, the newer BALANCE fitness strategy will bring in a “decentralized” implementation method. This will allow various bases and units to develop their own programs in order to meet to fitness performance tracking objectives.
What Should You Learn From This Strategy?
Physical fitness isn’t just a matter of regular workouts. In fact, it isn’t even just a matter of eating right and being active while taking steps to avoid injuring yourself. Instead, it involves many other factors and sleep is primary among them.
Sleep has an impact on energy, alertness, fatigue, motivation, physical performance and mental health. It has a significant effect on decision making and reflexes as well. As a result, paying closer attention to sleep is increasingly considered to be an important fitness performance tracking measure. Improving your sleep habits and the quality of your sleep can have a wider impact on the rest of your fitness and wellness goal achievements.