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While we are in the profession of protecting and helping the public, we too often neglect ourselves and our body. In order to provide the services we are sworn to provide to the public, we need to understand the importance of our being as physically able to perform our roles. To ignore your own fitness is dangerous to you, your family and also your co-workers, not to mention those you serve. We in emergency services are often the victims of injuries and illnesses that we can avoid by keeping ourselves physically fit. Physical fitness isn't about lifting the most weight at the gym or being able to compete in a 5K marathon with the fastest time, "not a competition". It is about having the ability to expend energy to perform a task without overworking yourself needlessly. It is about building your strength and endurance; it is about using proper body mechanics to perform a task with the minimum of wear and tear on your body. It is about building a better prepared body, and it isn't a difficult task to perform. This book coaches you through simple activities that will allows you to minimize the risks of injuries caused by over extending your body, it allows you a guide to increasing your physical well being, track your progress, test yourself, and ask yourself "what variables do I need to consider?" Many of us are in situations where we go from a relaxed state to a full speed ahead with the adrenalin rushing to help us respond to an urgent call. Our physical fitness is what determines if you can meet the physical stress without overworking your body or if you must over exert yourself and place unnecessary strain on your body part. Fitness is how you function and how much of a price you pay for the physical activities you use your body to perform.
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