Get out and walk! Move your body!
Do you lack good fitness, fail to exercise regularly, or are you generally ‘out of shape’?
Here’s one thing you can do to improve your ‘survival fitness’:
Are You Physically Fit?
You might be prepared with ‘survival’ supplies for yourself and your family. But do you have the fitness, strength and stamina to withstand the rigors of a potentially physically demanding period of time?
Can you walk a mile? Several miles? (or more)?
Are you physically fit enough to work hard all day in a garden (for example)?
Do you have any idea how much more physically difficult your life might become while surviving after a major collapse?
We Are Very Overweight as a Society
Watching and observing others while out in public places, it is evident that there are many (the majority?) who appear to be overweight and ‘out of shape’.
While not being judgmental (just observing), these same people will have great difficulty in a world tipped upside-down where things don’t come so easily.
We do enjoy the creature comforts of our modern world. One unfortunate side effect is that we as a modern society are not getting anywhere near the exercise and physical activity that we need to stay in shape.
As a result of eating less nutritious food (junk food) coupled with living the lifestyle of a ‘couch potato’, we have become fat, spoiled, and out of shape.
The Physical Work in a Post Collapse Society
The demands will be more physically challenging.
To the extreme, you might be entirely reliant upon yourself and your group. Even at a minimum there will be substantial issues to deal with.
For those who are into preparedness, it will do you well to consider your circumstances should you need to become ‘really’ self reliant (independently or within a group).
If you cannot do difficult labor today because you’re overweight and out of shape, you will not be able to do it post-collapse if you need to.
What to do?
Walk, Exercise, Move your body
Just move. Stop sitting so long. Walk.
Walking is perhaps the best single thing you can do to improve yourself in this regard.
No need to run or jog – just walk. It gets the blood flowing.
Walking burns calories and will help manage your weight.
It strengthens your body and improves stamina.
Walking improves your mood.
It helps to focus your mind.
It can lower your blood pressure over time.
Walking is said to lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol while raising your ‘good’ cholesterol.
It could reduce risk of diabetes, and will generally make you stronger and more fit.
All it takes to reap these benefits is a routine of brisk walking.
Research shows (Mayo Clinic) that regular, brisk walking can also reduce the risk of heart attack by the same amount as more vigorous exercise, such as jogging.
Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health.
Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. And the health benefits are many.
Plus, it’s great to get outside and LOOK AROUND. There’s a whole different perspective of one’s surroundings when walking through them.
So, don’t ignore your ‘survival fitness’, it’s important!
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