Many preppers may have their bug out bags packed, plans for short- and long-term survival, and a location chosen to stay during an emergency. They may be mentally prepared and have necessary tools at their disposal to survive. Their plan may be spot-on but their chances of survival depend heavily on one very important factor: their health and fitness.
Chances are very low that in an emergency, you’ll be able to get from point A to B in the comfort of a vehicle. Likewise, never performing strenuous activity is also incredibly unlikely to happen. Being physically fit and healthy as possible is important if you wish to increase your chance of surviving and keeping your family safe. Think about your current fitness level. Can you wear your fully-packed bug out bag and go out for a few hours hike without exerting yourself? Will you be able to get over high walls without harming yourself? What about moving large debris? Carrying a person?
It’s impossible to list all of the ways you’ll need to use physical strength and agility when society starts falling apart. Whatever your current fitness level is, don’t take exercise and a healthy diet lightly.
What Does the Ideal Fitness Regimen Encompass?
The ideal survival fitness regimen includes certain skills that balance our bodies. These are known as “The 10 General Physical Skills of Fitness”. This is largely a Crossfit term, but still valuable, especially if you’re planning to create your own regimen. They include:
- Cardio Respiratory Endurance
Every single one of these skills is vitally important to include in your workout program. Review any training program and ensure these needs are being met. If they aren't, just be sure you include them outside of the program. Since many Americans seem to exercise for vanity, some of the popular exercise programs may make you look good on the outside but you may be severely lacking in certain skills.
Fitness Regimens for Preppers
You can very well create a customized exercise program yourself or with some help from a trainer. There is no reason you have to follow a specific program or buy a training system if you don’t want to. Some people do prefer a structured program, especially with video instruction, as it is easier to stay on track. If you’re unsure of where to begin, consider these popular types of workouts that can work very well for preppers.
-Military or Pre-Military Exercise Videos
-Mixed Martial Arts
-Specific Survivalist Training Programs
Remember that many fitness regimens aren't a complete system, fitness walking for example. You want to be sure you’re exercising all parts of your body and not focusing too heavily on strength training, cardio, flexibility, etc. A well-rounded regimen is what will help you survive, not a biased plan that focuses only on one aspect of fitness.
Always keep safety in mind and never overwork yourself. It’s easy to injure yourself while exercising. Doing so could force you to hold off of working out for a couple weeks or even cause permanent damage. Before starting any type of exercise program, consult your doctor.