Nutrition and fitness


Nutrition and fitness

A forum for those who want to share idea about nutrition and fitness so we can all do our jobs more healthfully and with less 'fat on the fire'.

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The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Started by Richard S. Phelps. Last reply by Richard S. Phelps May 31, 2013. 4 Replies

minature firefighters challenge

Started by ian wilcox. Last reply by larry cooke Aug 27, 2011. 3 Replies

Dental health and heart health.

Started by Joel C Kelley Oct 4, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Joel C Kelley on February 11, 2013 at 3:22pm

As much as this page has settled in to focus on physical fitness, I wanted to come back to the nutrition side a little more.  We spend a lot of time taking care of our physical fitness requirements, working out, lifting weights etc, but how many of us take that proactive a position when it comes to our nutrition?  Being in shape is great, but it is more than just maintaining strength and cardiovascular health.

One of the best things we can do for ourselves is get in shape, and part of that requires excellent nutrition.  In addition to creating healthy bodies, good nutrition builds good brains, strong neurons and better focus.  Taking care of our brain is the forgotten side of fitness, but like any organ system it can fall into decay if not cared for.  The first nutrient I will recommend for this is Acetyl L Carnitine.  This form of Carnitine has the ability to cross the blood–brain barrier and enter the brain, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant, which helps in prevention of the brain cells' deterioration.  Its supplementation has been shown to be neuroprotective in instances of cerebral ischemia in rats and may be useful in treating peripheral nerve injury as well as spinal cord injury.  Because of these properties, it is considered one of the vital brain nutrients for adults.

Another vital nutrient involved in maintaining brain function is the Omega III fatty acids.  Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University recently studied this nutrient in connection with cognitive function and found that there was in fact a strong level of correspondence between the nutrient and better cognitive function. The Omega III and VI fatty acids as well as Acetyl L carnitine can form the backbone of a plan to maximize the nutrition for our brains and may also have the benefit of helping us maintain a more ideal body weight.  Carnitine is also associated with the metabolism of fats and carbs.

But don’t trust me, look em up!

Aloha, and be safe!

Comment by Kevin Riley on February 24, 2012 at 2:43am

I am a former airborne paratrooper and the work out I use is mil -spec and it works just as fine but I also use the techniques of tacfit and it double my breathing capacity using an SCBA.

Comment by Ryan Provencher on February 3, 2012 at 11:22am

There is a "4-day wave" periodized workout available at and the full 90 day firefighter workout will be available in March.

Comment by Tony Langdon on February 3, 2012 at 2:43am

I did see something about Tacfit on another site.  Looks interesting.

Comment by ian wilcox on February 3, 2012 at 1:41am

i found this site called Tacfit it is designed for firefighters by firefighters they have station workouts and different programs i found this site to be awsome,and the workouts are very practical check it out

Comment by Ryan Provencher on January 30, 2012 at 1:27pm

Hey, guys.  What did you think of our article pertaining to tactical fitness for firefighters in Fire Engineering?

Comment by Thom Mc on October 29, 2011 at 9:43am
I am working on starting a Firefighters Health 5K run/walk with the American Heart Assn and other organizations. Should be in June. Hopefully in the Meadowlands. Still working on all the details. Let me know if you are interested.
Comment by ian wilcox on October 28, 2011 at 10:26pm
i think tacfit would be a usefull tool just started it myself will keep you posted
Comment by Chris Murphy on July 18, 2011 at 4:25pm
@ Adam, Im in the same boat you are in as far and severely needing to get in better shape. i began doing the P90X workout and put myself on a very strict diet and have started seeing results in my conditioning. as soon as i finish this round im contemplating doing the P90X insanity workout with is primarily cardio
Comment by Joel C Kelley on July 8, 2011 at 5:49pm
I have been hearing more and more about interval training of late, and think it is also a good way to train. Fitnessonline makes a good observation that altitude training can be risky if not done correctly. I am fortunate in that I work at 9-14 thousand feet and spend two nights a week at altitude, so I am able to fully acclimate THEN go climb and train, so My risk is really minimal. So if you can't get to the mountains, definitely consider interval training as a good possibility!

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