Supplements for women

Today let’s focus on women, shall we? There is a lot that goes on in the female body. The food that we put in our body and the nutrients we receive are vital for a long and healthy life. It should be no surprise that the female and male bodies sometimes require different vitamins and minerals to function at their best. Here are some of the best supplements specifically for women.

Iron

Iron carries oxygen in the blood, supports brain development, immune function and helps in the production of red blood cells. Anemia is a very serious condition where the body is not getting enough iron. The most common symptom of this is extreme fatigue but it can also cause a weakened immune system and problems regulating body temperature. For women, when you have your period each month you lose more iron which makes it even more important that women are getting enough iron through their diet or by supplementation.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D’s most commonly known role is its aid in calcium absorption in the body and bone growth. It also plays an important role in immune function and reduction of inflammation in the body. Without proper vitamin D intake, your bones can become weak. When this occurs it can lead to much more serious conditions such as osteoporosis, which is much more common in women. Deficiency can also lead to the development of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3’s are important for the brain, help to reduce blood pressure and can help calm down inflammation. This is very important for the female athlete. While we all know that getting enough fat in your diet is important, supplementing with Omega 3’s is always a great idea especially for women. You can also find this in foods such as fish and nuts.

Magnesium

Magnesium helps to maintain normal muscle function, keep a healthy heart, support your immune system, strengthen bones, regulate blood sugar, and helps to improve the metabolism of energy. If you don’t realize it by now, it does a lot for the body! Due to the fact that it does play such an important role in so many processes in the body, being deficient in magnesium can have many consequences.

As we know, getting the appropriate vitamins and minerals can be tricky. If you can’t always count on yourself to eat the right foods to get these nutrients through food, supplementation is very important! It’s a good thing in fact!

Good Sex Vs. Bad Sleep

While driving to work early in the morning the thought came to my head; if you are lacking in sleep will sex help to counter act the destructive force of no sleep. Obviously as a new father I must be contending with some issues. The good news is that you can have sex when you are tired but the bad news is you can’t sleep when having sex.

 Of course once you are sleep deprived there is no remedy other than sleep and if you are sex deprived you technically will still be highly functional. So sex will not counter act lack of sleep and getting some good sleep will help out your sex life.

 After minutes of very serious research this is what I came up with. Use this info to enhance your health and enjoy!

Lack of Sleep

1. Lack of Sleep Makes You Drunk

According to researchers sleep deprivation is as bad as alcohol consumption in how it affects our reflexes and critical thinking ability. It makes us dangerous drivers and bad decision makers. Consider the tragedy of the Exxon Valdez or just what could happen if you drift off while driving. Getting sleep could save your life and/or someone else’s.

2. Lack of Sleep Makes You Fat

Not getting enough sleep is a double whammy on the chemicals in your body. Leptin levels drop when you don’t get enough sleep. Leptin is responsible for making you feel full. Conversely lack of sleep increases your levels of ghrelin, which signals your appetite. So you get hungrier and you don’t feel full when you eat.

On top of that, sleep affects the function of your prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that deals with processing inhibitions. So not only are you hungry and insatiable, but you’re far more likely to make bad choices and eat junk food. And it starts early. A recent study shows teens who get fewer than eight hours per night of sleep have an average BMI of 3.8-4.7% higher than their counterparts who get regular sleep.

3. Lack of Sleep Can Make You Crazy and/or Kill You

Lack of sleep puts you at risk not only for obesity, but also for heart disease, heart attacks, hypertension, and diabetes. A lack of sleep has been shown to lead to or worsen type 2 diabetes. It can also increase your risk for colon cancer. If you’re lucky and avoid a fatal disease, you might just go crazy – sufferers of sleep apnea have been shown to be twice as likely to develop dementia as they age.Recent Alzheimer’s research also suggests it is during our sleep that our bodies clean up any “plaque” in our brains. A build-up of this plaque is related to the onset of Alzheimer’s. A lack of sleep, therefore, could put you at a higher risk for developing the disease.

4. Lack of Sleep Makes You Less Manly

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, University of Chicago scientists found sleep deprived research subjects suffered a decrease in testosterone levels the equivalent of aging 10 to 15 years. Low testosterone cannot only effect your sex life, but your energy level and ability to concentrate. For younger men proper testosterone levels also play an important role in forming strength, muscle mass, and bone mass needed for the rest of their lives

5. Sleepiness Causes Accidents

Sleep deprivation was a factor in some of the biggest disasters in recent history: the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the massive Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl, and others.

But sleep loss is also a big public safety hazard every day on the road. Drowsiness can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old.

Studies show that sleep loss and poor-quality sleep also lead to accidents and injuries on the job. In one study, workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents. They also had more sick days per accident.

6. Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down

Sleep plays a critical role in thinking and learning. Lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently.

Second, during the night, various sleep cycles play a role in “consolidating” memories in the mind. If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t be able to remember what you learned and experienced during the day.

7. Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems

Sleep disorders and chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

According to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia — a sleep disorder characterized by trouble falling and staying asleep — also have another health condition.

8. Lack of Sleep Kills Sex Drive

Sleep specialists say that sleep-deprived men and women report lower libidos and less interest in sex. Depleted energy, sleepiness, and increased tension may be largely to blame.

For men with sleep apnea, a respiratory problem that interrupts sleep, there may be another factor in the sexual slump. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2002 suggests that many men with sleep apnea also have low testosterone levels. In the study, nearly half of the men who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone during the night.

9. Sleepiness Is Depressing

Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. In a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night.

The most common sleep disorder, insomnia, has the strongest link to depression. In a 2007 study of 10,000 people, those with insomnia were five times as likely to develop depression as those without. In fact, insomnia is often one of the first symptoms of depression.

Insomnia and depression feed on each other. Sleep loss often aggravates the symptoms of depression, and depression can make it more difficult to fall asleep. On the positive side, treating sleep problems can help depression and its symptoms, and vice versa.

10. Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin

Most people have experienced sallow skin and puffy eyes after a few nights of missed sleep. But it turns out that chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones.

“It’s during deep sleep — what we call slow-wave sleep — that growth hormone is released,” says sleep expert Phil Gehrman, PhD. “It seems to be part of normal tissue repair — patching the wear and tear of the day.”

11. Sleepiness Makes You Forgetful

Trying to keep your memory sharp? Try getting plenty of sleep.

In 2009, American and French researchers determined that brain events called “sharp wave ripples” are responsible for consolidating memory. The ripples also transfer learned information from the hippocampus to the neocortex of the brain, where long-term memories are stored. Sharp wave ripples occur mostly during the deepest levels of sleep.

12. Losing Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight

When it comes to body weight, it may be that if you snooze, you lose. Lack of sleep seems to be related to an increase in hunger and appetite, and possibly to obesity. According to a 2004 study, people who sleep less than six hours a day were almost 30 percent more likely to become obese than those who slept seven to nine hours.

Recent research has focused on the link between sleep and the peptides that regulate appetite. “Ghrelin stimulates hunger and leptin signals satiety to the brain and suppresses appetite,” says Siebern. “Shortened sleep time is associated with decreases in leptin and elevations in ghrelin.”

Not only does sleep loss appear to stimulate appetite. It also stimulates cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. Ongoing studies are considering whether adequate sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs.

13. Lack of Sleep May Increase Risk of Death

In the “Whitehall II Study,” British researchers looked at how sleep patterns affected the mortality of more than 10,000 British civil servants over two decades. The results, published in 2007, showed that those who had cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes. In particular, lack of sleep doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

14. Sleep Loss Impairs Judgment, Especially About Sleep

Lack of sleep can affect our interpretation of events. This hurts our ability to make sound judgments because we may not assess situations accurately and act on them wisely.

Sleep-deprived people seem to be especially prone to poor judgment when it comes to assessing what lack of sleep is doing to them. In our increasingly fast-paced world, functioning on less sleep has become a kind of badge of honor. But sleep specialists say if you think you’re doing fine on less sleep, you’re probably wrong. And if you work in a profession where it’s important to be able to judge your level of functioning, this can be a big problem.

“Studies show that over time, people who are getting six hours of sleep, instead of seven or eight, begin to feel that they’ve adapted to that sleep deprivation — they’ve gotten used to it,” Gehrman says. “But if you look at how they actually do on tests of mental alertness and performance, they continue to go downhill. So there’s a point in sleep deprivation when we lose touch with how impaired we are.”

Having Sex

1. Less Stress, Better Blood Pressure

Having sex could lower your stress and your blood pressure.

That finding comes from a Scottish study of 24 women and 22 men who kept records of their sexual activity. The researchers put them in stressful situations — such as speaking in public and doing math out loud — and checked their blood pressure.

People who’d had sex responded better to stress than those who engaged in other sexual behaviors or abstained.

Another study found that diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of your blood pressure) tends to be lower in people who live together and have sex often.

2. Sex Boosts Immunity

Having sex once or twice a week has been linked with higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, or IgA, which can protect you from getting colds and other infections.

A Wilkes University study had 112 college students keep records of how often they had sex and also provide saliva samples for the study. Those who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of IgA than other students.

3. Sex Burns Calories

Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more. It may not sound like much, but it adds up: Forty-two half-hour sessions will burn 3,570 calories, more than enough to lose a pound. Doubling up, you could drop that pound in 21 hour-long sessions.

“Sex is a great mode of exercise,” Los Angeles sexologist Patti Britton says. It takes both physical and psychological work, though, to do it well, she says.

4. Sex Improves Heart Health

A 20-year-long British study shows that men who had sex two or more times a week were half as likely to have a fatal heart attack than men who had sex less than once a month.

And although some older folks may worry that sex could cause a stroke, the study found no link between how often men had sex and how likely they were to have a stroke.

5. Better Self-Esteem

University of Texas researchers found that boosting self-esteem was one of 237 reasons people have sex.

That finding makes sense to sex, marriage, and family therapist Gina Ogden. She also says that those who already have self-esteem say they sometimes have sex to feel even better.

“One of the reasons people say they have sex is to feel good about themselves,” she says. “Great sex begins with self-esteem. If the sex is loving, connected, and what you want, it raises it.”

Of course, you don’t have to have lots of sex to feel good about yourself. Your self-esteem is all about you — not someone else. But if you’re already feeling good about yourself, a great sex life may help you feel even better.

6. Deeper Intimacy

Having sex and orgasms boosts levels of the hormone oxytocin, the so-called love hormone, which helps people bond and build trust.

In a study of 59 women, researchers checked their oxytocin levels before and after the women hugged their partners. The women had higher oxytocin levels if they had more of that physical contact with their partner.

Higher oxytocin levels have also been linked with a feeling of generosity. So snuggle up — it might help you feel more generous toward your partner.

7. Sex May Turn Down Pain

Oxytocin also boosts your body’s painkillers, called endorphins. Headache, arthritis pain, or PMS symptoms may improve after sex.

In one study, 48 people inhaled oxytocin vapor and then had their fingers pricked.The oxytocin increased their pain threshold by more than half, meaning they sensed pain at a higher threshold or were more tolerant of pain.

8. More Ejaculations May Make Prostate Cancer Less Likely

Research shows that frequent ejaculations, especially in 20-something men, may lower the risk of getting prostate cancer later in life.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that men who had 21 or more ejaculations a month were less likely to get prostate cancer than those who had four to seven ejaculations per month.

The study doesn’t prove that ejaculations were the only factor that mattered. Many things affect a person’s odds of developing cancer. But when the researchers took that into consideration, the findings still held.

9. Stronger Pelvic Floor Muscles

For women, doing pelvic floor muscle exercises called Kegels may mean more pleasure — and, as a perk, less chance of incontinence later in life.

To do a basic Kegel exercise, tighten the muscles of your pelvic floor as if you’re trying to stop the flow of urine. Count to three, then release.

10. Better Sleep

The oxytocin released during orgasm also helps sleep, research shows.

Getting enough sleep has also been linked with a host of other health benefits, such as a healthy weight and better blood pressure. That’s something to think about, especially if you’ve been wondering why your guy can be active one minute and snoring the next.

Women athletes

What I like about these pics is that you can tell they aren’t just faking it for a photo. These ladies are going hard!

Train hard and be fierce!

Female athletes wearing a bikini-like combinat...

Female athletes wearing a bikini-like combination of a subligaculum and a strophium (breast-cloth) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That kettle bell is heavier than you think and this athlete is showing perfect form.

Climbing ropes can be tough for women because of lack of upper body strength. The ladies who hit it hard are going to develop muscle that will propel them up the rope.

Showing off some decent abs and she got em without losing muscle mass.

A lot harder than you think!

Shoulders,traps,bi’s and even hamstrings. This girl is a bull!

Fingers locked in and her arms are like two steel cables!

Competition level is too intense!

Mean as could be!

Again we have a pic of an athlete in competition. You can see the intensity on her face.

I’m not a big fan of machines with cables as any primary exercise. Judging by her delts I would say neither is she. Maybe she’s warming up or doing some light stuff before she’s done.

Doing dead lifts in the sun with some guy in a sun visor yelling at you. You gotta love it!

Look at her traps and tell me she’s not working her ass off !

The rings !

This is just awesome!

Some athletes should watch for heart conditions

Some athletes should watch for heart conditions

Lori NickelMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

11-12-12

Nov. 11–Many assume only those who are aging or overweight must be concerned about the health of their hearts. But in a few unique cases, even competitive, elite athletes need to pay close attention:

Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is when a woman, particularly an athlete, misses her menstrual cycle on a regular basis.

“Amenorrhea definitely correlates with having premature heart disease,” said Anne Hoch, a medical doctor and expert in female athletes and cardiovascular health.

She and researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin began studying athletes at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee and found amenorrhea and osteoporosis, which is a reduction in bone mass, was very common. But they didn’t have the technology to do the cardiovascular studies on the girls.

They moved on to the Milwaukee Ballet, where they found 64% of the ballerinas had what’s called the female athlete triad — disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis — or components of the triad and also had early cardiovascular disease.

It might seem shocking — premature heart disease among our most fit and strong women. But the findings didn’t surprise Hoch.

“We kind of expected it because post-menopausal women who are in their 60s and stop having their period, their estrogen levels drop and when it drops, they have an increase in a cardiovascular event rate,” Hoch said. “When young athletes’ periods stop, their estrogen level drops also, but they physiologically have the same hormonal profile as the postmenopausal women.”

The testing went on, with Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside runners who were not having their menstrual periods.

“They all had evidence of premature heart disease,” Hoch said.

There is good news: The condition can be treated with folic acid.

Pregnant women take that supplement. It’s also in a plain daily multivitamin with about 0.4 milligrams. But amenorrhea patients need much more: 10 milligrams.

“In a subsequent study, we treated all the dancers with folic acid for their heart disease, and then we retested and their cardiovascular disease normalized,” Hoch said. “So it was reversible. It’s very treatable with folic acid.”

Enlarged heart

When you think of an enlarged heart, you might think of heart disease and risk for cardiac arrest. But an enlarged heart isn’t a disease. It’s a reaction, or a symptom, of other conditions.

And in the case of an athlete, it can be a good thing.

Just as athletes work out and develop their leg, arm and core muscles, the heart — a muscle itself — strengthens and can grow. Duke University professor of medicine William Kraus said there are two stimuli for growing an athletic heart, one good and one bad.

An athlete with a lot of blood flowing through the heart dilates the heart, which forces the heart to thicken to accommodate that dilation.

“Think of a balloon,” Kraus said. “As you’re blowing it up, the wall of the balloon thins. The pressure inside exceeds the pressure outside. What the heart does to accommodate that is thicken the balloon so it can sustain that pressure difference.”

Endurance athletes — marathon runners, triathletes — often have enlarged hearts.

“No medical consequences,” Kraus said. “It’s a good kind of enlarged heart.”

But there is a bad kind — and athletes are at risk.

In those cases, the heart doesn’t widen, it just thickens.

“Eventually you have almost no chamber size, no area where the blood is flowing in,” Kraus said. “Weight lifters, people who do power-type exercise — weightlifting, football — they get that kind of enlarged heart. It can eventually lead to heart failure, is associated with high blood pressure.”

That condition, too, is reversible.

“The heart is a dynamic organ,” Kraus said. “That’s the nice thing about treating high blood pressure. When you have high blood pressure, you’re going to have a thickened heart but if you control that blood pressure, it will regress and normalize. That’s why treating blood pressure is very important; you can undo that damage.”

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Erica Blockman With A Big Win!

Erica Blockman , who has been mentioned in earlier posts (see here)

on this forum came up with a big win at the Jr. Nationals in Chicago, Erica took home the top prize and a pro card in women’s physique.

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The Body Is A Machine. What’s Under Your Hood?

 Does the machine need to be maintained? Yes. Does the machine need to be protected? Yes.

Does the machine require your full investment? Absolutely!

Anything less and you are selling yourself (your body) short. Not exercising , eating wrong and neglecting yourself is the equivalent of leaving a beautiful muscle car out on the grass to get punished by rain , sleet and snow.

Sure you can always go out there and sand away the rust and do some body work and add a fresh coat of paint but no matter how hard you work it will never truly be mint again. Same goes for your body. We can relentlessly batter our selves  in our youth but when we get older you can work for years to try and reverse the damage done. You can gain back some of your health and vitality but you will always have to settle for the fact that some of it is lost forever.

So it is better to start as soon as you can and STAY WITH IT! No matter your age , your never too old or too young to get on a good program and keep your health on line.

For those of you who are 1st responders just remember that there is a lot of risk doing your job being unfit. Brains and brawn are both equally important.

1970 AMX by American Motors Corporation (AMC) ...

1970 AMX by American Motors Corporation (AMC) two-seat sports GT coupe with the 390 Go-Package. The 6.4 L V8 engine produces 325 horsepower (242 kW). This muscle car is finished in “Big Bad Orange” (paint code P-3). Also shown are the optional black “C-stripe” on the sides and 15-inch “Machine” wheels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Human Energy System , What Is ATP?

 

 

The Human Energy Systems

 

 

What is ATP?

 

When setting training programs, it is important to understand the energy systems of the human body. Here they are explained in simple terms.

The food we eat, in the form of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, is used as fuel for reactions in the body that make everything work. To use these fuels for muscle action, the body converts them to a common ‘energy currency’, called adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP). There are essentially two mechanisms for producing ATP, the aerobic and anaerobic pathways. ‘Aerobic’ means with oxygen, while ‘anaerobic’ means without oxygen.

For low intensity activities, for example reading, working and jogging, and more intense however sustained activities such as marathon running, the ATP required for muscle contraction is produced primarily by the aerobic pathway. The rate that ATP is supplied by the aerobic processes is relatively slow, and therefore the rate of work output is also slow. The by-products of aerobic metabolism are carbon dioxide, which is exhaled by normal respiration, and water. As long as there is a continual supply of fuel (e.g. fats and carbohydrates stored in the body) and oxygen, aerobic activities can continue for long periods.

B0007640 ATP

B0007640 ATP (Photo credit: wellcome images)

For more explosive movements, such as sprinting or jumping, ATP is required at a faster rate. This ATP can be supplied by anaerobic pathways. There are two pathways by which the body produces energy anaerobically. The muscle can use stores of ATP, or a similar compound called phosphocreatine, already present in the muscles. ATP can also be produced via the lactate anaerobic system, so called as lactic acid is produced as a by-product. The anaerobic processes cannot continue indefinitely as the stores of ATP or phosphocreatine become depleted, and lactic acid accumulates within the muscles and causes muscle pain and fatigue.

During exercise, both aerobic and anaerobic systems work concurrently, however the proportion of ATP supplied from each process varies according to the intensity and duration of exercise. For example, 100m sprinters will use predominantly the anaerobic system, an 800 meter runner both anaerobic and aerobic sources, while the long distance runner will derive most of their energy via aerobic processes.

Zero To Sixty,Cardio At 3 a.m.,Firefighter Fitness And Your Fitness

That’s when the alarm came in for a high-rise apartment building not far from the fire headquarters where I am currently stationed. Upon arrival the alarm panel read 6th floor. According to procedure we have to use the stairs to anything 6 floors or below.

When we reached the bottom of the stairwell a tenant came running down and said the hallway was full of smoke and  there is an apartment on fire. We upgraded the response to a confirmed working fire. I took this brief second to turn my air supply on and make sure the new guy who I am partnered with was ready to go. He is a Staff Sergent in the reserves so of course he is ready to go.

Firefighters

Firefighters (Photo credit: thomaswanhoff)

 

So six flights up with all the gear and dressed and ready to go to work when we get there. I know that by the time we hit the 5th floor we are going to have to hook up our apartment pack hose line and then go on air and proceed to the 6th floor to attack the fire and search for victims. At floor five I tell the new guy to hold up and I go check out the 6th floor. I need to identify where the fire apartment is. As soon as the stairwell door is open I smell the familiar smell. The very distinct odor that clings to your nose hairs for the rest of your shift……..cooking. So all that and we find someone burnt food in the oven.

Sorry but no stories about fighting fires today.

This is zero to sixty. We were just asleep and within minutes we are climbing a staircase with every intention to go to work. No warm up no priming ourselves.

Early morning fires can be a real challenge specifically because of this. So it is a must for firefighters to have good cardio in their daily lives. A strong healthy heart can bear the stress of going zero to sixty but a heart that is on the verge of shut down due to clogged arteries is one of these calls away from failure.

Kinda scary.

You may not be a fireman so maybe you don’t think about scenarios like this one. But you should think again. What’s to say that while asleep in your bed at 3 am you won’t have to jump up immediately for an emergency. It could be anything. Maybe your smoke detector goes off and when you go check it out there is a fire in your house somewhere. Now your scrambling to get your family out safely and trying to find the sacred cat that went under the bed. You also have to call 911.

Zero to sixty and you’re wearing boxer shorts and slippers. It is freezing out, maybe raining. How fast and how hard do you think your heart will be beating?

Being a fireman has taught me well about preparedness. We always check and double-check our equipment and re-evaluate our skills,knowledge and ability. At quiet moments in the night we lay our heads down but with one foot on the floor. Radio transmissions are humming through out the night. Sooner or later we are getting up and going…..coiled like a spring.

When I go home, I sleep. I mean I really sleep. I try to make up for what was lost. I still know though, that I may have to wake up in the middle of the night. I certainly don’t want to wind up clutching my chest on the front lawn while my family is watching and I don’t want to make more work for the firemen when then come either!

That’s part of the deal. Taking care of yourself means so much more than some of us really consider. Yeah, we want to live to a ripe old age of 99 years old and be able to move around and have fun. But these 3 am emergencies are another aspect to consider.

This post is motivated by what someone I was talking to said to me…..”I’m not a fireman, I don’t have to be in as good of shape as you”.

This is how people think! Like being in shape is just an un-needed skill set. Because someone else will take care of you and handle your problems for you. Not smart!

When we discuss firefighter survival at work one of the key rules is to Never put yourself in a position where others have to come save you. We only break this rule when a life is involved.

If you don’t take care of your body then you are violating this rule. That goes for firefighters and non firefighters.

Always take command of yourself and be in charge 100 %. Hopefully when needed that person will come to save you but if something goes wrong you are still in a good position to save yourself. If you go down then you are no longer helping your family.

Video Motivation

Women who workout like this are seriously awesome. That’s why I love my wife so much. She trains a lot and she has a very physically impressive body. She has awesome strong legs and a back that you definitely take seriously!

Maybe one day there will be a video up here of her…until then ……