Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Survival and Physical Fitness - Survival of the Fittest

An area that is often neglected when considering your survival is your level of physical fitness. Being physically fit should have as much priority as having a well stocked pantry. The old saying “Survival of the Fittest” will come back to haunt you if you haven’t maintained a proper level of physical fitness.

It’s not necessary to become a world class marathoner or weightlifter to be physically fit. You just need to make sure that your daily activity levels are such that you can stay in shape physically. A daily exercise routine will go a long ways in this regard and when combined with a healthy diet you can easily reach levels where your physical fitness will be at a satisfactory level. It needs to fit your lifestyle so that it can be incorporated into your daily life and be maintained on a regular and consistent basis.

Almost everyone has some sort of limited physical ability that could adversely affect their survival but even with these limitations there are many types of physical activities that can be used to enhance your level of fitness.

Where do you start? One of the best and easiest things to do that will help increase your fitness level is to do a little extra walking. You may even want to work your way up to the point where you can do a little jogging or run the occasional race. Another great way to increase your fitness levels is to do a little bike riding or simply take a hike.

You can also set a goal to eat a healthier diet and remember to include portion control. Sometimes it’s not a matter of “what” you are eating but of “how much” you are eating. If your caloric intake exceeds the amount of calories burned by your daily activities on a regular basis, you will eventually develop additional health problems that could have been avoided.

If you do have certain physical conditions that may limit your physical abilities, you will need to make any and all necessary adjustments possible so that these will have a reduced impact on your ability to survive. How well can you see without your glasses? How long can you get by without that prescription medicine? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself so that you will be prepared.

Got physical fitness?

Staying above the water line!



idahobob said...

Here's where I am with this:

Get a grip! I work with "Captains Of Crush" grippers, 6 days a week.

Body weight exercises, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, dips, 6 days a week.

Free weights, I won't go into sets, reps, etc. It is different for everyone, and everyone has a different opinion on the subject, I use what works for me, 4 days a week.

Walking/hiking, 6 days a week.

Starting is tough. Keep a log, be accountable to another person about your program. Do not give up, and do not be lazy!

If you think that you do not have the time...make the time!!

I get up very early each morning to do this abuse to my body. It pays off!!


riverwalker said...

To: idahobob

Sounds like a fairly extensive routine...

Mine varies quite a bit depending upon work. i actually prefer the walking and hiking whenever possible.

Thanks bob.


SuburbanSurvivalBlog said...

Hey Riverwalker, good stuff. I embarked on a personal get fit campaign in the spring of this year. I have to admit with work and business travel I have not been as committed as I should be, although, I can certainly feel a difference if I do not exercise for a few days vs. consistently. I am also realizing I am not 25 anymore and my body cannot take the same pounding I gave it when I was 25.

It is a hard thing to do, to decide to get in better shape. Everyone wants to, but it is the commitment that is the hardest part.

I used to say, if I could get to the gym, that was 75% of the battle won.

riverwalker said...

To: SurburbanSurvivalBlog

Getting started and keeping it going afterwards is the hard part...the exercise you get used to it and soon becomes part of your normal routine.

Sounds like you've got things working in your favor...



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