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 Paramedic/Firefighter and founder of www.EMSFIT.com Jason Arney-O’Neil.
Q: What is your EMS job?
Q: What are your athletic pursuits and goals?
Q: Do you have race, lifestyle changes, or other accomplishments you are particularly proud of? If yes, please share and describe.
Q: Can you share a few tips to help other EMS professionals to set and accomplish fitness goals?
- Make bets. Here’s a good daily/weekly bet you can make with your partner(s): Wear a pedometer, and whoever has the most steps after your set period of time wins a prize (maybe lunch).
- Advertise your goals. People will ask you how your progress is going, you’ll avoid telling them you quit your goal.
- Bring your friends. It’s alot easier to stick to a goal if someone else shares the same goal.
- Find fitness at work. Stay on your feet as much as possible, and carry something in your hands so it looks like you’re going somewhere important.
- Eat Healthy. Motivation needs energy, eating healthy should be second nature and will give you lots of energy. Not already eating healthy? try a paleo diet (eat like your cave-dwelling ancestors).
- Take a break. Get your sleep, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Your fitness goals depend on your rest
Q: Is there an organization that supports your training and racing efforts?
None at this time. But I am looking for sponsors.
Q: How can readers connect with you or learn more about what you are doing?