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Physical Fitness in the Fire Service

I’ll first start this off by saying that I am not the picture of good health. While I do work out regularly, and have changed my eating habits, you will not find me on any “hot firefighter pin-up calender” . However you do not have to look like a pin-up model or sacrifice everything you like to eat in order to improve your fitness level.

Lets face it everyday in this job people are dying, and if your paying attention (especially in the last few weeks) its our fitness level, and heart health that are killing us. Now again I am no fitness expert but I could see the writing on the wall, so I made some changes. I still eat Ice Cream, drink beer, and eat wings but not as frequent or in the amounts I used to. This coupled with some excercise has made a tremendous difference in my weight, over all health, and my fire ground performance. Let me be perfectly honest, I despise working out, but being able to go longer, and harder on the fire ground makes it worth it so I keep it up. While I am in no position to give work out advice, or food advice I do know what works for me, and the work outs I like. Here are some links to some good work outs that I think translate well to the fire service.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mhanson51

http://www.youtube.com/user/Fitness4Firefighters#p/u

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRcIsGo8R2Q

Again I am no fitness expert I just know what works for me, you have to do what works for you. It is also always a good idea to consult a physician before you start any workout routine, or diet to ensure it is right for your current health level.

Do not become a statistic, get out of the recliner, push away from the table, get out there and get active!

If you have any other workout tips or information that you are using, please share them in the comments section, and of course spread the word about the blog.

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