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Comment by Nyssa Aker on August 17, 2010 at 7:56pm
Alright so this may seem a little off topic but what about while at college. Right now I am attending a university and I try to eat right as best as I can but I can only do so much since the food is through the cafeteria. And I try to go out and exercise but most of the time I am studying, in class or doing homework. Does anyone have any suggestions like exercises for in the room or similar to that since my time is limited? Thank you
Comment by Allen Wahlstrom on March 5, 2010 at 11:55am
broke the 200 pound barrier this morning! Have not been under 200 since 2004!
Comment by Michael A. Moore on March 5, 2010 at 8:55am
Well said John Bierling... Congratulations on your progress as well. Changing the mindset to start off with "wellness" then "fitness" is a better way to say it. My wife has lost 70 pounds in the last two years and has become quite the gym rat now and just said something I never thought I would hear. "I can't wait for it to warm up so I can go running on the Monon Trail." I lost 50 pounds from Nov. 27, 2007 to March 27, 2008 and have been able to keep it off today. It really is up to the individual to get on board with the wellness & fitness program.

Stay fit - Stay safe.
Comment by John Bierling on March 5, 2010 at 8:40am
Hey Folks, Thank you for the discussion. It's very difficult to get people motivated to exercise when their bodies aren't healthy. I have found, personally and through others I have worked with, that we need "wellness" first then fitness. When I lost 100 pounds and provided my body with good nutrition, I was excited about going to the gym and working out. Remember, wellness first then good things will follow. Thanks, John
Comment by Michael A. Moore on March 4, 2010 at 2:17pm
FF Fry13, It's good for you to look at improving your departments physical fitness program, however I'm of the opinion that getting someone into fitness is like getting a smoker to quit smoking. They will only do it, if its important to them and they choose to do it for themselves. We have mandatory PT requirements of one hour per 24 hour shift. While the administration can mandate the firefighter to workout they can't regulate the intensity, so while the guys are going into the weight/fitness center. They're not working out with any real commitment, just like the smokers on the department are walking out to the sidewalk to smoke because they're not allowed to smoke on city/department property. The best thing to do is lead by example & positive motivation. Stay Fit / Stay Safe.
Comment by John Fry on March 4, 2010 at 11:57am
Any tips on how to get a mandatory PT session added to a volly dept?
Comment by robbie sledge on November 30, 2009 at 6:33am
thats all awsome. to the best of my knowlage we dont have and set standards like that at my station but then again the guys are perty dedicated there to working out so....
Comment by Jeff on November 29, 2009 at 4:55pm
Ya anything to prevent heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, and on the job injuries.
Comment by Ben 'Snapper' Auger on November 29, 2009 at 3:00pm
Personally Jeff, i think that is a pure awesome idea.

If you are as fit as possible, then you know you are always doing the best you can. Also it gives motivation to keep fit since you know you have a test every 6 months.
Comment by Jeff on November 29, 2009 at 10:08am
hi everyone new here. in my department in are FDG's ( fire dep guidlines ) each member is required to work out one hour per 24hr shift and we have are pt test every 6 months aslo added to are yearly physical with the dr we get are body fat % checked if we are over we get on a program and checked every 30 days crazy but it has been going good for everybody. does your dept have anything like this? what do you think of this program?

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