There’s a lot of truth in the poster above. You’re going to suffer one way or another. Either through the relatively small pain of the effort put into vigorous exercise and sore muscles or the larger (pun intended) and more extended pain of letting your body atrophy, become fat, unhealthy, and all the misery that comes with that choice. So, why not choose the relatively light pain of suffering the discipline of exercise and healthy eating habits?
Everyone hates exercise. Or so it seems. Based on observed behavior, most folks figure, “I can do that crap later…” or “My daily work at the shop/farm/house/office keeps me as fit as I need to be for any SHTF situation….”
This thinking can be only described as one thing: Delusionally wrong.
This kind of thinking is the result of one thing: Laziness
I know this because I fight it every day. Every. Single. Day. It’s easier to not exercise; easier still to stop exercising because you’ve started to actually feel good, maybe have lost a few inches around the middle or pounds and can delude yourself that you’re where you need to be!
Succumbing to that temptation is a recipe for disaster and (sooner than later) death.
It’s easy to look around the web at other highly respected blogs and get overwhelmed with the recommended levels of strength or routines. But you can’t let that get in your way, either. You have to keep at it. Little by little you make progress; little by little you become more fit; little by little you increase your chances of living through ‘the first big die off’.
That said, prepare to be overwhelmed by reading this Op-Ed by John Mosby of the Mountain Guerilla blog. JM should be no stranger to regular readers of this blog; he knows what he’s talking about.
You’re going to get a ‘real-world’ look at just what it takes to be ‘combat effective’ for a SHTF situation. True, his experiences are focused on military/guerilla operations, but the principles hold very true for the man/woman that has decided to prepare themselves to protect their families. Once you read it, you might be thinking, “I couldNEVERdo that!!” First, that’s self-defeating. Second, it’s an irrelevant thought. The success comes from the trying. Take it one step at a time.
From the beginning, if you have to. That’s getting medical clearance from a doctor. Dropping dead from a heart attack or having a stroke is counter-productive.
Then, start with a very basic conditioning program. Get to the point where you can walk 4 miles in an hour in just your clothing. Then add a small pack, and after you get back to four miles in an hour, make it a bit heavier, until you’re carrying about 25 pounds and doing 15 minute miles. Then incrase the distance incrementally until you can do 10 miles with your pack at a 15 minute mile pace. On your off days, do sit-ups and strict form push-ups. Start with a single repetition if needs be. But do it. When you reach the point where you can do 25 sit ups and 25 strict form push-ups, start to do pull ups. Again, with a single one as your goal if needs be. Don’t quit. Don’t make excuses not to do the pull ups such as, “I don’t have anywhere to do them.” Use an I-beam in the basement if you have one; but a doorway pull up bar; mount one in your garage, but do it.
Track your progress over the course of a month and comparre it to day one. Then over 3 months and compare the last two months to the first one. Then over a year. You’ll be REALLY surprised at how much you improve over time.
If you want to turbo-charge the speed with which your body responds, simply improve your eating habits. Get rid of processed food as much as possible. Eat more vegatables and less bread. Cut back on the beer.
Here’s an example of what you can do if you try so you don’t become bored (it’s by no means ‘the’ routine, but it works for the guy who’s using it):
Monday – Push Ups – Cardio (walk or run or elliptical)
Tuesday – ‘Rushfit’ Abs/Core or other DVD routine / Add pull ups if only Abs/Core routine done
Wednesday – P90X Shoulders and Arms
Thursday – ‘Rushfit’ DVD Routine (Plyometrics or Strength & Power)
Friday – ‘Rushfit’ Abs/Core & Cardio (walk or run or elliptical) / Pull ups
Saturday – P90X Back & Biceps
Sunday – Rest
(This isn’t an endorsement for any program listed above, by the way, it’s just an example of what’s worked. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. One of the DTG staff almost exclusively uses ‘Convict Conditioning’ which is a great program also, concentrating on exercises using only body weight. The key is to find something that works for you and it!)
No matter what routine or program you choose, a key ingredient to success is to not become complacent (read ‘stagnant’) in your exercise. Change it up every once in awhile. When you need to because you’re just at your limit, take a few days off and relax, but get right back into it once you’re rested! It works. How do I know? Because a few years back, after leaving military service and being soft for some time, I started the same way I recommended above: One step at a time. It can be done.
The hardest part is taking that first step.
Get it done.