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 Firefighter/Medical First Responder and Polar Ambassador Brian Manners.
Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?
- I am thankful of being recognized by Polar watches and becoming a Ambassador for them.
- Being recognized along with the rest of my crew by my Fire Department and City for a save we all made together at a fully involved house fire.
- Biggest lifestyle change was to quit smoking ( Funny enough I smoked only at the firehouse) and getting into a regular workout routine.
- I am proud of most my races because I always give it my best shot ( mostly blow up on the run segment because of it), but I am pretty proud of a 2nd. place Age group finish and 8th. overall at a race 2 1/2 months or so after separating my shoulder.
- There was also a race right before my accident where I came in 1st In my age group a week after suffering from hypnotremia at the Eagleman half Ironman in Maryland that I am amazed at how well I did.
- Eagleman I am not so proud of, with what I know medically it was not to smart of me to finish that race. I am lucky that I did not have to be taken away in a stretcher.