Some people pride themselves on their “ability” to operate on a lack of sleep. “Yea, I get 4 hours of sleep a night, and that’s all I need.” They say it like it’s some badge of honor to suck at sleeping.
The military is no stranger to the need for fitness. Depending on the branch, group physical training sessions might vary from once a week to every day. Your job within the military will play a role in how much emphasis your unit places on the need to be in shape. Being physically fit, in general, will benefit service members of all jobs. You’ll be less prone in injuries, have more energy to get tasks done, and have greater focus.
The medical care field is no stranger to seeing the effects an unhealthy lifestyle can have. People check into hospitals and clinics every day complaining about symptoms that range from joint pain, to edema, to respiratory issues. These people rely on the experience and knowledge of the medical doctors and nurses to diagnose and treat whatever problems they are having.
Before we get started, be sure to watch my video I posted yesterday to take a look at why a full occupational assessment is necessary before even thinking about starting a fitness program. You can find the video here.
The occupational need for physical preparedness is no more apparent than in firefighting. You’re not training for washboard abs, or bulging biceps, or a tapered V-shaped torso, but for the ability to successfully perform labor intensive tasks under high stress. Yes, the highly sought after aesthetic characteristics may be a byproduct, but they should not be your main reason for getting in the weight room.
With the cooler temperatures and shorter days comes the start of the holiday season. Time seems to fly by between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the transition into the new year. Also with the holiday season comes time spent at family gatherings and work functions, which typically also means food, oftentimes lots of food. It can become difficult to stay committed to your fitness program and healthy eating habits during this time. Here are a few rules to follow that will help get you through the holiday season.