Monday, December 14, 2009

Being Physically Prepared

Your daily routine can be seriously disrupted when an emergency or a crisis occurs. Therefore you should take some simple steps to help you avoid additional problems. Being prepared for the almost certain disruptions to your normal routine that are going to occur will help you deal with the problem in a more efficient and timely manner. Being physically prepared to handle a crisis is just as important as your mental preparations.

First and foremost, time will become your enemy. Time will become a very precious resource that you will not be able to waste. Making sure you get the proper amount of rest each and every day will be a critical factor. Fatigue is a natural defense of your body that is used to help combat stress and in an emergency or crisis there is a high probability of you experiencing different levels of stress. Compounding the problems you may experience from stress-related fatigue will only be made worse should you fail to make sure you are getting your proper rest each and every day..

Secondly, you should insure that you are getting the proper nutritional requirements each day that your body needs. In a crisis or emergency you will most likely have little or no time to eat or drink anything. Skipping a meal or two or failing to remain properly hydrated is not a very wise thing to do should a crisis happen at the wrong time. Proper hydration and nutrition should always be given a priority in your daily routine.

Third, you should work to maintain your own health by making sure you get the proper treatment for any sickness or injury as soon as possible. Even simple injuries can affect your body’s ability to function properly.

Fourth, try to make some time for a little daily exercise. Stay in shape if at all possible. Simple things like a daily walk will help you be physically prepared to handle a crisis.

Fifth, you will need to realize that failing to maintain any of these critical aspects of your daily routine will not only endanger your own survival but may affect the survival of others as well.

Being tired, thirsty, hungry or feeling sick isn’t the most efficient state for your body and mind to be in when faced with making critical and rational decisions during an emergency or crisis.


Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

4 comments:

vlad said...

Three minutes a day for stength.

Twice a day do all the pushsups you
can comfortably do. Put your hands
on the hearth, or if you have stairs
hands on step 3. When you can do
a set of 50, move to step 2,
then to step 1. Or put hands on
kitchen counter. Step back three feet or so. Do pushups.

I am 77 6-3 260 knees are shot and
walk with a cane. I ride a bicycle.
With hands on kitchen cabinet I do
4 sets of 50 pushups every day.

What did you do today?

riverwalker said...

To: vlad

Sounds like a great routine.

I try to use the 10,000 Steps routine - try to make sure I walk at least 10,000 steps every day, do a little bike riding and a short morning routine that takes about 5 or 10 minutes.

It's not as much as I should probably be doing but it's better than doing nothing.

At 5'10" and 180 lbs., everything is still in pretty good working order and thankfully no knee or back problems at 60.

Thanks Vlad!

RW

Chief Instructor said...

Your fatigue comment made me think of a re-run of "The Alaskan Experiment" I watched this weekend. One of the groups had a very difficult hike - downhill - over rocks and snow and in minus-20 degree weather.

One of the guys in particular, was having troubles. I was fairly screaming at the TV that they needed to stop, build a fire, eat and drink something, THEN move on.

They only stopped after he went down with total exhaustion. If he had been by himself, he'd be dead.

You can only push your body so far before it shuts down.

Vlad - You're making me feel bad. I do 4 sets of 25 push ups a day, but I'm only 50!

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