Monday, August 15, 2011

National Firefighter Health Week

When it comes to your health, you're always on duty

National Firefighter Health Week 2011 will be held THIS WEEK August 14-20. The theme is: "When it comes to your health, you're always on duty." Each day of the week will focus on a different topic to help first responders take the steps towards a healthy lifestyle. Follow the links below for each day.

August 14: National Firefighter Health Week Kick-off

August 20: National Firefighter Health Week wrap up/event day

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Think About It!

We all know that firefighting poses an interesting problem when it comes to being fit. We frequently have to expend a great amount of energy when fighting a structure fire, extricating victims from an overturned car, or even while training.

When we are not performing these duties, however, we can become very sedentary. You are sitting in front of the computer right now, aren't you? The very nature of firefighting can make working out difficult.  We have all had our fair share of workouts interrupted by the tones dropping. Despite the inconvenience, the effort is worth it. If you do not put in the effort to work out and train your body to be ready for anything that might be thrown your way while on a call, then it will not be ready to do what you need it to do.

Hard work + fit firefighter = success
Hard work + unfit firefighter = disaster

The overexertion at a "routine" fire may be all it takes for that plaque in your arteries to rupture and send you to the hospital.  Isn't it our goal to go home to our families every morning?

What workout routine do you follow?  Does the rest of your crew/shift workout regularly? 
How about when you are off duty?  What do you think about the P90X, Cross Fit, or Insanity workouts? 

Are you eating healthy?

How can you justify taking care of someone else if you aren't even taking care of yourself.