EMS professionals are challenged to balance work, family, and other obligations while also staying or striving for mental and physical fitness. The Everyday EMS Athlete is a regular column to recognize and learn from other EMS professionals that are setting and meeting fitness goals. This edition was contributed by EMT-I Mike McElmeel.
Q: What is your EMS job?
Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?
Q: Do you have a race or accomplishments you are particularly proud of?
Nothing in particular just happy I am still competing at a age where a lot of society is sitting on the couch and whining about how old they are.
Q: What are your tips for other EMS professionals to balance work and fitness?
It is cliche to say but …
- Set a goal
- Make a plan
- Stay consistent
- Don’t beat yourself up about small setbacks
Q: Are there any organizations or groups that support your running?
My local running store We Run LLC.
Q: How can readers, other EMS professionals, and runners connect with you?
All Everyday EMS Athletes featured in this column receive a gift card from Road ID. Check out the Road ID information for First Responders. View past columns and submit your profile at the Everyday EMS Athlete page.