Security Officers and Physical Fitness

They go hand in hand.

Apr 3, 2018

Being a security officer may not require a college degree, and most of your training happens on the job, but that doesn’t indicate a lack of requirements. One of the most significant prerequisites for security officers is physical fitness – both for winning the job initially and then keeping it. After all, you are the first line of defense, whether you’re in a trauma situation or merely intercepting a shoplifter. You must be available for any security threats or challenges. If you aren’t physically fit, you could be putting yourself, as well as those who are depending on your fortitude, in danger. And truthfully, being physically fit is always a plus no matter what position you fill.

If you are considering applying to be a security officer, or already are one, but you’ve gotten slack in your physical fitness, here are some tips for to get you on the road to health, wellness, and physical fitness.

Make wise eating choices. As the cliché goes, “You are what you eat.” Don’t focus on sugary, high-carb meals and snacks that leave you feeling dull and sluggish. Instead:

  • Include salads, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables in your menu.
  • Choose low-carb, high- protein snacks, such as a hardboiled egg, cheese stick, nuts, or deli sliced turkey.
  • Choose unsweetened, plain yogurt, add a few drops of stevia and some fresh fruit.
  • Limit your caffeine drinks.
  • Replace them with water. Guidelines recommend ½ your weight in ounces of water per/day. For example, a 180 lb. male would need 100 ounces of water per/day.
  • Choose whole grains over white breads and pastas.

Get regular exercise. From time in the gym to walking, hiking, bike riding, swimming, or tennis and more, there are a multitude of options for exercise. Try different aspects of physical training:

Cardiovascular or aerobic workouts: These are greats ways to prepare for needing to jump into action at a moment’s notice. You never know when an emergency might arise, requiring a quick dash across the parking lot, or up a flight of stairs. Besides building your fitness as a security officer, aerobic exercise has many side benefits, including:

  • Weight loss
  • More energy
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol
  • Stronger immune system
  • Mood enhancer

Strength Training: This helps to tone up your muscles and lose excess fat. Designed to strengthen your body core, as well as improve overall health, strength training builds muscle strength and prepares security officers for many situations that could arise.

Flexibility Training: Designed to improve the range of motion of your joints and muscles, it decreases your risk of injury, back pain, and balance problems.   It also reduces muscle soreness.

Endurance Training: This is using physical exercise to build up your ability to be physical for an extended period. Walking, swimming, and bike riding are all excellent ways to build up your endurance. Endurance keeps your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy.

Focusing on physical fitness plays a significant role in being a security guard. Of course, some security jobs are more physically demanding than others, but every security officer will be more apt to success and self- confident if they are physically fit. 

Lofton Security specializes in unarmed and armed* guard services.  Lofton Security has offered the best in security services throughout the Southern region since 1979. Our clients expect their security company to be professional and have the highest command presence at their sites. If you are interested in the security field and motivated toward excellence, contact Lofton Security today.






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