Personal Health: Nutrition and Exercise

July 12, 2021

The key to any healthy lifestyle always begins with water. Hydration not only helps to maximize physical performance, it has been proven to prevent and reduce headaches, increase energy levels and brain function. For the next several days, drink more water, decrease sugars and processed foods, and increase fruits and vegetables throughout the day. It won't take long for you to starting seeing and feeling the effects of cleaner eating. Check out these “Golden” Rules of Firefighter Nutrition from Fire Rescue Fitness.

Instead of donuts and bagels, bring a bundle of bananas or a bag of apples to the firehouse. They may not be as well received, but they will be eaten. And you're setting the example for the rest of the crew.

You don't need to pay for a gym membership to exercise. Use your resources at the firehouse or around the house.  Here is a quick link to 5 Exercises Every Firefighter Needs to Do. On your off days, incorporate a brisk 30-minute walk around your neighborhood. Just 30 minutes a day not only burns calories but it increases your stamina and muscle endurance. It also helps reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, and improves your mood.  Bring the family along, or use the time to clear your mind.

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