Health and Fitness for Preparedness

August 21, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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One of the most important factors that will affect your ability to survive in a post-disaster-collaspe-SHTF world, is your own health and fitness.

The sad truth is that the majority of Americans are not in the best of shape, and are suffering poor health while many do not even realize it. The workforce has become largely a sedentary service sector, as most sit at their desks during the day and in the recliner at night in front of the TV.

In a SHTF world, do you think this will be the norm?


 
A high percentage of westerners are not laborers and have jobs that do not require very much physical activity. People are largely sedentary.

Just look around. How many people are obviously overweight? Are YOU overweight? Even most of the children today are shockingly overweight compared to years ago. Are YOUR kids overweight?

Today’s western diet and lifestyle has created a very unhealthy and life-shortening situation. We are eating too much processed food, too much sugar, too much fat, and too many calories.

We also are not exercising. At least like we should, to be in reasonable shape.

Surviving IS hard work. Having the strength to pull yourself out of a bad situation. Having the stamina to perform physical tasks for days or weeks (or for life) could be imperative to keep you and your family alive.

 
Consider some of the following physical tasks that you may have to perform in a post-disaster-collapse-SHTF world,

Escaping the disastrous circumstances
Walking home
Walking to get supplies
Walking to help others
Walking to find help
Building a temporary shelter
Building a permanent shelter
Clearing rubble
Digging out
Shoveling
Moving things out of the way
Shoring up a damaged home
Gardening for food
Farming for food
Tilling the ground
Foraging for food
Patrolling for security
Defending
Fetching water
Carrying heavy loads
Chopping wood
Physical work
Doing things by hand – no electricity?
On and on and on…

 

The Simple Truth About Losing Weight

How do you lose weight and become healthier?

If you were to only do one thing to help yourself physically, you should get into a routine of walking. Taking 15 minutes during your work lunch break to go outside and walk around, will not only help you physically, but it will refreshingly clear your mind.

But don’t stop there…

ANY exercise. Just do something. Move your body.

Your weight has EVERYTHING to do with CALORIES.
You eat and drink calories and you burn calories.

When you eat and drink more of them, you GAIN weight.
When you burn more of them, you LOSE weight.
IT IS THAT SIMPLE!

Reduce your caloric intake below that which your body needs to stay the same (approximately 2,000 calories per day, more or less), then you WILL lose weight.

Count your calories, or forgo what you KNOW to be ‘bad’. Will power!

It varies a bit for men and women and a few other factors, but it is all about the calories that you shovel into your mouth (or drink) versus what you body naturally burns during the day plus any excess that you burn in a day through work and activity.

Don’t wait until the disaster. Get in shape now. Start losing that weight now.

I would say “food for thought”, but that might get some of you hungry… 😉