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    Time to Exercise

    Time to Exercise
    Do you really not have enough time in your day to exercise? Too many times people say, “I need to exercise but I do not have enough time in the day.” Or, when they do have the time they only have the energy to lie down and watch TV. Whether you are on travel working late hours or at home dealing ...
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    Fitness Standards We All Should Attain

    Fitness Standards We All Should Attain
    If you have read my articles and books in the past, you will see a common thread in all of my writings: _Surpass the minimum standards in physical fitness testing if your profession (or life) is physically demanding._ This mantra holds water with military, law enforcement, fire fighters and other public servants who daily job requirements have physical challenges that can ...
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    Running and Your Heart Rate: What You Need to Know

    Here is a great question from a sailor seeking to better his PFT run time and has gathered extra information about training with heart rate monitor training. _How much emphasis should I put on target heart rate while training for the PRT run? The Navy PRT web page says the target heart rate for my age group (25 years) is 117-146bpm, ...
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    Fitting Workout Recovery Time Into an Officer's Schedule

    Fitting Workout Recovery Time Into an Officer's Schedule
    This series of emails comes from a police officer / instructor who understands the importance of recovery, but has a hard time fitting it into his training plan. We all need to actively pursue a recovery period in our high tempo training cycle, otherwise we will break down, burn out, and likely get injured over time. Here is his email. Stew, ...
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    Advanced Balance Training for Athletes – Tactical Athletes Too!

    I recently wrote an article on "Adding Balance to Your Life,":http://policelink.monster.com/police-fitness/articles/101253-add-some-balance-to-your-life but it was aimed more at beginners and for those who are losing their balance as they age. People fall everyday due to loss of balance muscles that accompanies a sedentary lifestyle. Spending your 40s, 50s, and 60s not exercising regularly can lead to a variety of broken bones and ...
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    Breathing During Exercise and Daily Activity

    This week, I received an email from an Army Soldier who was having a difficult time running a few months ago. His breathing patterns were so erratic that he was basically hyperventilating while running his two mile PFT run. Once he started breathing properly as well as exhaling FULLY, he was able to perform better in the run – not only ...
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    Learn How the Mind and Body Works with the Five Psychological Phases of Fitness

    Whether you are a military, special operations officer, an athlete, or just a regular person seeking to lose weight, all groups experience similar personal obstacles. Those who succeed in their training programs learn to conquer self-doubt. That is the key to fitness! Every day, excited people join fitness clubs determined to attend classes or workout for an hour a day, five ...
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    Running: How Do You Find Your Pace?

    As with any cardiovascular activity if you are going to perform for several minutes or even a few hours you need to find a sustainable pace.  Here is an email from someone who enjoys running with a group but struggles with running alone: Hey Stew - When I run with my group of friends, I am always faster than when I ...
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    Add Some Balance to Your Life

    An email from a physical therapist in the Navy asked me about training people to have better balance. He states: "One of the biggest culprits to injury as we age is falling or losing your balance. Do you have any plans for folks to gain balance or better stability?" Great question! When training athletes, one of the most important elements of ...
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    Fitness Questions and Answers for Cops

    *Do you have any advice with changing bad habits, or advice on what kinds of food I could eat on the run at work or could take in the patrol car with me through an entire shift? Also, any other changes I could make to my workout to help increase metabolism?* "This is what I do for food.":www.stewsmith.com/foodplan.doc But when on ...
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    Does Water Affect Weight?

    This week a young man asked me, "Does water affect weight?" After some digging, I realized he has been observing his mother use one of the 45 Day Plans to lose weight / get fit and this program requires the user to drink more water than they normally would - up to 3-4 quarts a day!! Most people do not drink ...
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    Police Fitness: Is It Really Needed?

    Here is an email from a distinguished military and law enforcement officer concerning physical fitness testing in military and police professions. He writes: _Stew - I like your programs and articles but what is the big deal with physical fitness testing? Do you really think that maxing a fitness test is going to make you a good soldier or police officer? ...
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    Fitting Fitness Into Your Work Schedule

    Fitting Fitness Into Your Work Schedule
    I love to get email from people like this American. Both military and law enforcement seeking to improve his fitness level in a way that will not affect previous injuries. He writes: p((. "My training issues are I am age 35, 15 year history of wear and tear from military, police, and other high impact jobs (i.e. car accidents and bad ...
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    Stress - Work It Out!

    In a fast paced world where the fine line of work and relaxation has been blurred with wireless technology and the development of the home office, workers as well as families have become more and more susceptible to stress-related illnesses. Stress is a natural element of our behavior and our body handles stress by injecting “stress hormones” into our bloodstream when ...
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    Working Out But Failing To Finish Off Those Final 10 Pounds?

    Here is an email from a man you likes to exercise as much as myself, but just cannot drop that last bit of fat off his stomach area: Stew - what gives? I have been busting my butt for years working out with running, calisthenics, weights nearly 5-6 days a week and still have trouble around my mid-section. I am in ...
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    New Year's Fitness Resolutions That Work

    In the first week of January I give out my 45 Day Beginner Plan free to readers, so this is always a gratifying week for me. Here is one of several emails from people who stuck with the plan for the month of January AND have built a habit of fitness and motivation to carry to the next level. Give yourself ...
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    So Where Can I Serve?

    Every now and then I get a question that requires extra effort to answer. This question required every bit of experience I had to answer. If you are on the fence or how or where to serve your country, please read. Stew I am debating where to serve? Firefighting EMT, Police SWAT, or Military Special Ops. I know you write about ...
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    Keeping Up Strength While Becoming More Defined

    _Hi Stew I am a 35 year old, 212 lbs Police officer and I run and lift weights for exercise. My goal is to find a weight lifting program to get "cut/ripped", not "big." Do you have a workout program that might help me? Thanks for your work - John T_ Yes, there are plans that will help you with your ...
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    Fitness For Cops Over 50

    Here is an email that is often received from men and women seeking to lose the "spare tire" or weight around their hips, help reducing their blood pressure, and overall just get healthier. It is a journey that can lead to many enjoyable future years if you can catch up with Mother Nature and Father Time before they catch you! Here ...
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    Core Fitness for Recruits

    Soldiers often contact me to update me on what they are doing for physical training.  Their fitness training cycles usually vary a great deal from basic training to maintenance training while overseas or preparing to go overseas.  Recently, in an AP article that was featured at Today Online, many combat veterans are adding sprints, agility drills and core exercises to build ...
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