Firefighter Fitness

John Hayford explains how eating a well-balanced meal can serve in lieu of dietary supplements.


Many firefighters grew up during a time when the words "exercise" and "physical fitness" held negative connotations. During school sports or gym class, it was common for poor performance to be punished with sit-ups, push-ups and running laps. The military had its dreaded obstacle course. On the rare...


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John Hayford, M.S., is an exercise physiologist and director of public safety and wellness at the National Hospital Medical Center in Arlington, VA. He has conducted health care and fitness programs for a number of fire departments and law enforcement agencies. Hayford is co-author of the textbook Comprehensive Wellness For Firefighters.

Ernie DiMaria is a retired FDNY lieutenant and author of the book FIRE: A War That Never Ends.