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EMS FITNESS: Get Your Fit to Save Lives Fitness Guide

Although we’re in the profession of protecting and helping the public, we too often neglect ourselves and our body. In order to provide the services we’re sworn to provide to the public, we need to understand the importance of our being as physically able to perform our roles.

With this in mind, Todd Platner developed the Fit to Save Lives Fitness Guide for public safety professionals. The EMT-specific guide offers various exercises and injury-prevention tips geared toward emergency technitions.

Why are these guides so valuable? For one, to ignore your fitness is dangerous to you, your family and also your co-workers, not to mention those you serve. Additionally, we in the 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. It’s about having the ability to expend energy to perform a task without overworking yourself needlessly. It’s about building your strength and endurance. It’s about using proper body mechanics to perform a task with the minimum amount of wear and tear on your body. It’s about building a better-prepared body—and it isn’t a difficult task to perform.

The Fit to Save Lives Fitness Guide coaches you through simple activities that will allow you to minimize the risks of injuries caused by over extending your body. It gives you a guide for increasing your physical well-being, tracking your progress and asking yourself, “What variables do I need to consider in a fitness regimen?”

—Todd Platner, Author, and Lou Jordan, Publisher

Additionally, Platner operates the website Fire Fitness XLon this topic.

The Fit to Save Lives Fitness Guide is available through