Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fitness

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2877151/Time-lay-doughnuts-Cops-obese-workers-America-according-American-Journal-Preventive-Medicine-study.html

Where do you fit in this study of obese workers?  It says police officers are the most obese workers in the nation.  Do you exercise on a regular basis?  Do you keep your weight in check?  Do you over eat and eat things that are bad for you?

I think there are many reasons for this problem.  When we were in the police academy, physical exercise was used as a punishment.  Someone made a mistake, do pushups.  Someone else made a mistake, go for a long run.  The physical exercise portion of the academy should be to train us to get into shape and to stay in shape for the rest of our lives.

Shift work makes for poor eating habits.  Working long hours at odd hours means we often have to snack on donuts and other high calorie foods.  Police should work more foot patrols and bike patrols.  Police should be able to work out on duty, or have free gym memberships so they can keep in shape.  Cops in better shape mean they use less force, use force more effectively, and recover faster from injuries; that's what the SGT Says.

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