Not long ago I ran across a story of a mother and child whose car had crashed into a canal and was starting to sink. A group of good Samaritans jumped into the canal and freed the pair from the sinking car and pulled them to safety on shore. See the whole story here:

 

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/30812857/heroes-dive-into-freezing-amsterdam-canal-to-rescue-mum-and-bub-from-sinking-car/

 

I began to wonder, am I Fit enough to have rescued the mother and child from the sinking vehicle. Am I fit enough to save someone’s life if the situation required some level of physical exertion….if I needed to apply some degree of functional strength or stamina…..if I needed to run, swim, lift or carry….could I do it?

 

I have said many times my definition of being fit is defined as a relative measure of strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance……I like to look at achieving a healthy weight and size as great byproducts.

 

Actor Jamie Foxx had no idea that when he heard a crash outside of his California home that minutes later he would be dragging a very fortunate young man from a burning vehicle. See the story here:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/19/entertainment/jamie-foxx-rescue-man-burning-truck-feat/

 

From what I can see Foxx stays in good shape…..that young man who rolled his Toyota Tacoma was very lucky Foxx was Fit enough to save his life.

 

 

Are you Fit enough to save a life?……..

 

I will share this…..I once had to lift a woman from a car and place her on the sidewalk so she could be given CPR. She was non-responsive and it was difficult to lift her out of the car. I am not nearly perfect as you know but my efforts and focus to be functionally Fit was the sole reason I was able to lift her out of the car.

 

Are you Fit enough to save your own life?

 

Can you climb to safety?

 

Can you pull yourself out of danger?

 

Can you run from a threat?

 

Don’t get me wrong I am not saying you should train to apply for a position with Search and Rescue (If you do that’s way cool) ……….

………….but I am saying striving to be functionally Fit and healthy can be lifesaving in more ways than one.

 

“It is perfectly fine to be NotPerFit”