One of my jobs as a trainer is helping people understand that being healthy and fit is more than a number on the scale or looking good in their bikini.

Are You Fit Enough for an Emergency?
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It’s about daily living.

It’s about doing what you need to do when you need to do it

Sometimes it can be life or death.

Think about the attacks on 9/11. In a similar situation would your fitness level be a help or hindrance in saving your life or the lives of others?  If you had to run down a 100 flights of stairs would you be physically able to do it? Would your legs or lungs give out halfway down? Or only after a few flights?

Or here’s a great example in the news right now-the miners trapped in Chile. In order to rescue them they are drilling a 26 inch wide rescue tunnel that must not only accommodate the miner but the cage sent to bring them up to the surface. That means the miners have to have a waistline no bigger than 35 inches. If they get bigger than that, they won’t fit.

Would you?

If you are the average American Man or Woman the answer is no. The average waist measurement in the United States for men is 39.7 inches and for women it is 37 inches.

You would be out of luck until they found a different way to rescue you. If they could find it in time.

We all want to look good. We all deserve to feel good. But ultimately it is about your health, well being and safety. I know these examples seem extreme; we think they will never happen to us. However neither did the people they actually happened to. You never know what life is going to bring you so it’s up to you to be prepared.

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