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Get moving: 8 fitness must-haves for the fast-paced world of public safety

Short on time and space? Check out these products to help get a workout in no matter where you are in your day

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In the bustling world of public safety, the importance of physical fitness for first responders cannot be overstated. It enhances our ability to perform under stress, reduces the risk of injury and increases overall well-being.

But let’s face it – finding the time and place for a workout can be a challenge for first responders.

Let’s explore how we can keep our bodies battle-ready, because in our line of work, preparedness saves lives. Check out these fitness products offering flexibility and efficiency to fit your demanding lifestyle.

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1. Smart, wearable fitness trackers

These devices offer robust activity tracking, including heart rate, sleep, stress, and recovery. They’re durable for the demanding lifestyles of first responders and can provide valuable data for monitoring health and fitness progress.

2. Compact home gym systems

It’s hard to make fitness a priority when you’re constantly on the go. Consider a portable gym that allows you to get a workout in from anywhere – even outside on nice days!

3. Fitness app subscription

These apps guide users through a variety of workouts that are effective for improving fitness in minimal time — ideal for first responders with limited bandwidth to exercise.

4. Smart scales and body composition analyzers

These devices measure weight, body fat percentage, muscle mass and more, allowing first responders to track their fitness progress comprehensively. The data syncs with a smartphone for easy tracking and goal setting.

5. Virtual reality fitness programs

With today’s technology, you can workout anywhere on the globe – virtually, that is. Consider investing in a virtual reality headset to access content like Holofit, which allows you to complete a fitness workout on the treadmill while walking through virtual worlds. Or Les Mills BODYCOMBAT, a high-energy martial arts-inspired workout that is totally non-contact.

6. Recovery tools

First responders often face physical strain and injuries. Devices like Theragun can help in muscle recovery, relieving tension and increasing blood flow to specific areas, essential for maintaining physical readiness.

7. Online nutrition coaching services

Personalized nutrition and fitness plans can greatly benefit first responders by catering to their unique lifestyle needs, offering meal plans, workout routines and tracking for both.

8. Smart water bottles

Hydration is crucial for everyone, especially for first responders. Smart water bottles track water intake and remind the user to stay hydrated, integrating with fitness trackers to provide a comprehensive view of health.

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Rachel Engel is an award-winning journalist and the senior editor of and In addition to her regular editing duties, Engel seeks to tell the heroic, human stories of first responders and the importance of their work. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and began her career as a freelance writer, focusing on government and military issues. Engel joined Lexipol in 2015 and has since reported on issues related to public safety. Engel lives in Wichita, Kansas. She can be reached via email.