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Trainer Tip of the Day

13 April 2021

Trainer tip of the day: if you don't drink enough water, your body doesn't work properly. Muscles fatigue, your intestines slow down and your skin dries out. Aim for eight to ten glasses daily.

Christine Varano, CPT, Balanced Body Pilates Instructor, CSUtest.com contributor

Exercise not withstanding, this is of course also very true when it comes to firefighting. Exerting oneself fighting fire is unlike any other energy expending activity. Even in cold temperatures, turnout gear combined with the weight of tools, hose lines and SCBA all combine for a unique physical stress causing loss of moisture in the body. Add to that the heat of the fire, the physical activity demanded at the task level throughout, and rising ambient temperature, all are exponential contributors to the body's loss of moisture. 

Pre-hydration is key, especially in warm and hot weather. Drink even when you are not thirsty and increase your water intake on shift days taking ambient temperature into consideration. Also, avoid alcohol prior to your shift of course) and caffeine as they are known to contribute to dehdration.

Jim Thomas, Battalion Chief
Cleveland, Ohio FD (ret)
CEO, CSUtest.com

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