Bug-Out Boot Camp
by Tess Pennington
by Tess Pennington: Fun
With Freeze Dried Food!
If you had
to carry your loaded 20 pound bug out bag and get the heck out of
Dodge on foot, how would you fare? What if you had to carry your
sleeping child over the mountains in order to evacuate?
If the proverbial
S hits the F, we will see a lot of serious injuries, and even deaths,
from people making unaccustomed physical demands on their bodies.
A lot of us are going to be using muscles we forgot we had. Our
bodies will be under enormous cardiovascular stress. On top of the
mental stress we will undergo, the physical stress will very likely
kick our butts.
food and medical supplies is not enough. A good mental attitude
is not sufficient. We have to prep our bodies too.
entire family should begin a fitness program to train their minds
and bodies for emergencies as well. A family or group is only as
strong as their weakest link. You want a strong group that is physically
equipped to handle the demands that an emergency situation may place
Before starting this or any other exercise program, consult your
wasnt built in a day. You did not get out of shape over night
and you wont get back into shape over night either. If you
start off too gung-ho, you risk injury or muscles so sore that you
will quit after one or two workouts. You have to listen to your
body and locate that fine line between Okay, thats all
Ive got and If I stop exercising now, I could
go lay on the couch with a cold drink, wow, that sounds nice!
The three facets
of fitness are cardio, strength and flexibility. All three are important
in a SHTF scenario and for general fitness and wellness. Start gently
and work your way up.
fitness might also be called endurance. It is the ability
of your heart to supply oxygen to your body while you are under
physical strain. Cardio is important in many scenarios:
- In a bug-out
situation, you may have to evacuate on foot over rough terrain.
- When chopping
wood you are swinging an axe over and over for an extended period
- When hunting,
you may have to hike through the woods dragging your kill behind
- In a battle
situation, you may need to run for cover (or even run away!)
- In a flood
you may need to haul sandbags to build a wall.
To build your
cardiovascular fitness, start out simple. You dont need an
expensive membership to a gym. Just lace up your shoes and start
walking. I live in a medium sized city and I attempt to incorporate
walking into my day by doing as many errands as I can on foot. I
also specifically walk for fitness, plugging into my Ipod and bringing
along my dog. As your fitness increases, look for more challenging
routes with hills. Walking or hiking off road is more of a challenge
because of uneven terrain. Finally, you can add a loaded pack for
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness,
and a host of other topics at ReadyNutrition.com.
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