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Physical Fitness in the Austin Fire Department Academy

The Austin Fire Department Training Academy consists of six months of physical and mental challenges. It is very important to arrive in peak physical condition in order to perform at the high level expected of all cadets.There are daily workouts that train for both strength and conditioning. These include weightlifting, stairclimbing, weighted sled pushes, running sprints, and other strenuous activities. This is in addition to the physically demanding fire skills training cadets practice daily.

A Healthy Mind and Healthy Body are Fundamentally Linked

Treating the whole person rather than making artificial distinctions is important, Lesley Russell writes.

There is a fundamental link between our mind's health and our body's health. People living with a mental illness are at greater risk of experiencing a wide range of physical health problems. The reverse relationship is also true: people living with chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart conditions experience depression and anxiety at twice the rate of the general population.

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