Everyone knows that military service is a physically demanding job. Service members are constantly pushed to the limit physically in order to maintain strength, speed and agility. In recent years, though, the Department of Defense has adopted a more holistic approach to health and wellness that goes beyond the physical health and mental wellbeing of the service member.
This new holistic focus on the total health of service members can help better prepare them for the physical and emotional rigors of military life. Obviously, service members need to train physically for missions and deployments, but the broadened focus now includes the following eight domains:
- Physical fitness
- Environmental fitness
- Medical and dental fitness
- Nutritional fitness
- Spiritual fitness
- Psychological fitness
- Behavioral fitness
- Social fitness
Increasing understanding and awareness, while maintaining health in each of these eight domains, helps the service member to become more resilient. Promoting wellness in each of these fitness areas is not only for the benefit of the service member, but for family members and members of the community as well. Keeping service members physically and emotionally fit can help keep family and colleagues safe while also sparking an interest in health and wellness.
There are many ways you can improve your overall fitness. For instance, your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation operation offers a variety of activities, many of which involve your family. In addition, regular visits to the doctor and dentist will help ensure you’re operating at the peak performance level. You can also read more about the basics of Total Force Fitness and service-specific programs on Military OneSource’s Total Force Fitness page. Visiting the Human Performance Resource Center can also lead you to Total Force Fitness information through articles based on questions from users and new initiatives, program overviews, strategies to optimize performance and pain management resources.