Are you ready for a crisis?
No, I’m not asking if you have survival food, water and other essential items stockpiled at home, with a bug-out bag ready near the front door. Not this time.
Today I mean, are you physically prepared for a crisis? If you had to pass a prepper fitness challenge, do you think you could do it?
Let’s face it. Many of us couldn’t. Most of us have done a pretty good job of putting together a survival stash that will keep us going whether we hunker down or bug out following a disaster.
But a majority of us probably are not in the physical shape we should be in to deal with an emergency. When you’re in crisis mode, everything becomes more difficult. You need to be at the top of your game physically and mentally to survive.
It’s time to get in shape
I would encourage all of us – including myself, by the way – to spend 30 days getting in better shape than we’re in right now.
This 30-day challenge could do wonders for our overall health. And place us in a position where we could much better handle the stress of an emergency situation.
If walking up the stairs gets you winded, just think what walking one mile outdoors will do to you. Especially if you’re on uneven terrain for much of that mile.
And even worse, while carrying a backpack containing 40 pounds of your stuff!
Now, I doubt if too many of us will ever be contestants on the Survivor television series. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to get into the best possible shape, based on our season of life.
Once you’ve determined the exercises you want to do to get in better shape, check with your doctor to get the OK.
Practical advice to follow
Here are some possibilities that might work for you:
- Do some stretching exercises shortly after getting up in the morning.
- Park farther away than usual from the store or wherever it is you’ve driven to in order to increase your walking time.
- Take stairs whenever possible rather than elevators.
- Take a 30-minute walk three or four times a week.
- Eventually, add a backpack with an increasing amount of weight in it.
- Do some basic exercises at home, including jumping jacks, running in place, sit-ups and pushups.
- If your doctor gives the OK, add strength training to your routine every other day.
You can find plenty of other age-appropriate exercises on the Internet. The key is to exercise regularly. At least four days a week.
It’s very easy to skip a day when you know you should exercise. Then it gets even easier to skip the next day. Pretty soon you’re completely out of your routine.
Good for now, good for later
Here’s the great thing about setting up a prepper fitness challenge for yourself and actually doing it. Even if you never experience a crisis, you’ll be in better shape and you’ll be healthier.
The European Society of Cardiology Congress says that just 25 minutes of brisk walking per day can add seven years to one’s life.
And the Harvard Medical School says that men who climb stairs have a 33 percent lower mortality rate than those who don’t.
Living longer, staying healthy in good times and being physically prepared for bad times are all benefits of keeping ourselves physically fit.
Isn’t it worth the time to do it?
Prepper Fitness: How can you get started?
Going hand-in-hand with physical fitness is proper nutrition. You need to put the right fuel in your body if you expect it to perform well. Now AND during a crisis.
However. few of us have time to get and prepare the variety of fruits and vegetables that we need every day to maintain peak physical fitness.
Fortunately, my buddy Jeff over at Patriot Health Alliance made it easy for you to get started with his highly popular Patriots Power Greens.
Every sip of the Greens delivers more than 40 different fruits and vegetables. Plus probiotics, digestive enzymes and more to help you perform more physical activities with less aches, pains or fatigue.
Even better news – he has a huge St. Patrick’s Day sale going on right now!
But hurry. His incredible sale is only available until March 20, Midnight PST.