Periodically, I will take an unofficial poll and how many first responders do something to maintain and / or improve their physical condition. Without fail, the number always hovers around 20%.
20%, are you kidding me? It is hard for me to fathom how so few see the need to maintain some level of fitness. Inevitably, first responders will be required to run, jump, carry, fight, etc. How do they expect to perform at an acceptable level if they never put forth the effort to maintain a level of fitness that will enable them to accomplish the mission? I am reminded of the phrase: “train like you fight and fight like you train.” The moral of the phrase: “if you don’t train, you will not win the fight.”
Please help me understand!