Firefighting is one of the most important and most dangerous occupations in the United States. Firefighters need to be physically and mentally prepared to preform in extreme and unpredictable situations. Strains and sprains comprise the largest number of preventable injuries to firefighters, costing local fire departments thousands of dollars in lost productivity and Workers Compensation claims. The FireFlex Yoga program specifically targets these issues, potentially helping stations reduce growing disability and Workers Compensation costs plus improve the flexibility and mobility of their active force.
The benefits of yoga include:
- Brain Boost: fine tune attention and let go of distractions. Breathing, meditations and poses help our brains work more efficiently. Yoga has the potential to stave off age-related cognitive decline by slowing the degeneration of the cerebral cortex, an area of the brain responsible for cognitive processing
- Happy Heart: Yoga has been implicated in reducing the frequency of atrial fibrillation, a serious heat-rhythm disorder that increases the risk of strokes and heart failure
- Joint Support: gently taking joints through their range of motion helps keep them lubricated, which keeps you moving freely in athletic and everyday pursuits
- Improved Sleep: Yoga research is providing promising evidence that yoga can be helpful for treating sleep disorders. Poses stretch and relax your muscles; breathing exercises can slow your heart rate to help you prepare for sleep; and regular meditation can keep you from getting tangled up in the worries that keep you from drifting off to sleep.