Staying in Shape for the Firefighter Fitness Test - dummies

Staying in Shape for the Firefighter Fitness Test

By Stacy L. Bell, Lindsay Rock, Tracey Biscontini

Part of Firefighter Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Firefighting is a physical job that requires strength, endurance, and flexibility, so a physical ability test or fitness test is part of the firefighter hiring process. To stay in shape for the physical test, use the following tips:

  • Make it routine. It’s easy for life to get in the way and ruin your fitness goals, so try to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule.

  • Don’t get bored. Repeatedly doing the same workout will quickly grow tiresome, so change it up. Instead of jogging around a track, play soccer or go for a bike ride.

  • Work out with a friend. Working out with a buddy is more fun. You can talk, laugh, and catch up while motivating each other to keep moving.

  • Eat healthy foods. Be sure to eat plenty of lean proteins and vitamin-rich fruits and veggies. These foods give you the energy you need to work out each day.

  • Drink plenty of water. When you work out, you lose a lot of water through sweat. In addition, water cleanses toxins from your body, so stay hydrated!

  • Get plenty of rest. You need rest to give your body time to repair itself. Doctors recommend seven to nine hours of sleep each night.