Lifestyle factors contribute to physical and mental health. Smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity, abuse of alcohol and drugs and sleep disturbance undermine resilience.
“I have the capacity to make the choices to take care of myself physically, as well as mentally, emotionally, interpersonally and spiritually.”
“The body keeps score of the impact of stress, but it has the capacity to restore and compensate itself. But it needs my help.”
“I can make my body an ally in my healing process.”
“I can enhance my brain health by keeping fit.”
Physical fitness refers to health-related behaviors and physical activities such as exercise that individuals engage in. In the same ways that physical fitness is a key to resilience in boot camp, it is critical during the period of post-deployment and in dealing with the aftermath of any traumatic event. Health habits in areas of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and safety behaviors enhance resilience.
See the Website www.myhealth.va.gov for additional information. Here are some specific steps you can take to becoming and remaining physically fit.