I opened my email this morning and saw the Fire Chief’s monthly “What’s Happening” newsletter. Normally I look through it for nice little tidbits to use on our website, but this morning the LODD list jumped out at me.
Out of 15 LODD’s reported this issue, 11 were heart related wit the average age of those at 50 years old. 50 folks, not even retirement age, and the youngest was 24! Three of them were under 45, why are we doing this to ourselves?
We are all tasked with protecting our communities, and that comes with a responsibility to keep ourselves in shape. And no not round, though that is a shape, it’s not really the one we need to be in.
I am just as guilty as any one of us.
I let myself balloon to 245 a little over a year ago, and it took a rescue evolution I nearly bailed on to kick me in the head and get me going in the right direction. I still have nearly 20 pounds to go, but my vitals and blood work are in good shape already, long before I get to the physical shape I expect myself to be in.
Most of us have families who expect us to come home after whatever incident we respond to, and that is a huge responsibility that we should not take for granted. Even the single members on here have parents, siblings and friends who would be devastated if you did not come home. And in most cases LODD’s that are heart related can be prevented. Of course there are exceptions and even the fittest of us can have a congenital issue that kills us, but that is the exception…
We all need to be in better shape than the people we are tasked with protecting. It is part of the job, be it career, volunteer, seasonal, commercial, etc.
Go see your doctor and get checked before you start a fitness routine. But then start it and stick with it… Your life depends on it!