Fitness fads are everywhere, all of them claiming to offer a new way to get in shape. From questionable contraptions like the ThighMaster, Ab Roller, and Shake Weight, to unusual exercise routines like Prancercise and Goat Yoga; expensive equipment like Bowflex and Peloton to personality-driven regimens from Richard Simmons (Sweatin’ to the Oldies), Susan Powter (Stop the Insanity), Tony Horton (P90X), and Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser), there’s always some hot fitness fad that claims to deliver perfect fitness results.
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Being a public safety officer or first responder is one of the most stressful jobs there is.
In addition to threats to their own physical safety, police officers, firefighters, and other public safety officers are regularly exposed to conflict, trauma, injury, pain, and death.
Add long hours of work, unhealthy eating, poor sleep habits, smoking, and overuse of alcohol and you have a perfect recipe for stress, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even suicide.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, more than 40% of law enforcement officers are obese.
Other studies have found that police officers are 25% more likely to die from weight-related disorders like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers.