Firefighting, Health & Safety, Volunteer Fire Service

How Should Firefighters Exercise?

Issue 12 and Volume 169.

Cardiovascular disease remains the number-one cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths for firefighters. Years of clinical exercise research have proven that any amount of physical activity is good for overall health, is good for the heart, can reduce blood pressure levels, and improves blood vessel health.1-3 Also, firefighting is a dangerous occupation because of its many physical and physiological demands.4

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