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Ok, so to one extent or another we're all preppers here.  We've got food, water, shelter, BOB's and EDC's covered.  We have the self defense box checked.  We have a viable plan that works for our situation and circumstances.

As far as health though, what do we do as far as exercise to check that box?  What type of workout do you think important for prepping?  Do you work out with weights?  Run or bike?  Hike with a pack on your back?  

What do you do?
Yes, we workout. Smile

We started the whole getting into shape to be better prepared in case something happens.

One of our goals has been to get in better shape so we can get off of medication and not have that as a need in case things went south in a disaster.

Our workouts consist of strengthening our upper bodies, working on core body strength, and cardio.

The cardio is mostly elliptical for me and treadmill for Rhonda. Yet, she is very much use to walking, since for years she walked her mail route before moving over to this driving route.

We have taken a few short trips were we have walked with our gear, which we realized that there is way to much stuff in the bags. We use the bags as catch all, but since then we have started making changes in our bags and have gotten them lighter. Still heavy bags, but more doable.

We still have a long ways to go, but every year we are getting a little better prepared, a little more in shape, and hopefully a little wiser.
I have been doing a daily workout of mat work - call it Pilates/Yoga/Physical rehab - an hour a day for years. Yesterday, knowing that I had developed some problems that were not being addressed by the daily routine, I went to physical therapy at Kaiser. Received 4 simple exercises that were producing discomfort - good. I explain. If you can do certain ergonomic movements with gravity and experience no discomfort, you are fine. If the movements yield discomfort and only gravity is involved, then you have identified the problem and can work with the new gravity exercises for a few months and relieve the discomfort.
(01-12-2018, 03:58 PM)bdcochran Wrote: [ -> ]I have been doing a daily workout of mat work - call it Pilates/Yoga/Physical rehab - an hour a day for years.  Yesterday, knowing that I had developed some problems that were not being addressed by the daily routine, I went to physical therapy at Kaiser.  Received 4 simple exercises that were producing discomfort - good.  I explain.  If you can do certain ergonomic movements with gravity and experience no discomfort, you are fine.  If the movements yield discomfort and only gravity is involved, then you have identified the problem and can work with the new gravity exercises for a few months and relieve the discomfort.


That's a good explanation.
There was a stretch when I wasn't doing much shooting due to injuries, rehab, or just too busy. During rehab for my broken elbow I started doing arm exercises and then weights. I was really surprised how much better I shot when I gained more strength in my arms, wrists, hands. That's was about the time I was in training for my Alaska trip. The first time I noticed it was when I was trying out some heavy loads in my 44 mag pistol. They seemed so mild that I thought I misloaded them. I tried some factory bear loads and they too seemed milder that I expected. I tried some heavy 357 mag loads and again was surprised.

Bottom line, wanna shoot better? Do so arm exercises.

But otherwise I go to the gym 5 or 6 days a week and and concentrate on cardio and strength training. Any kind of exercise is better than none.
Your prep routine should provide exercise.Gardens/wood splitting ect.A garden provides food a w/o and a learning exp all at once.Wood provides cardio/upper and lower body w/o.Granted,most folk don't use wood for heat/cooking.'08.
A bit of history on physical fitness. 

I was high school some 55 years ago.  At that time, there were very few gyms for men and probably none for women.  That has changed.

In fact, exercise for girls, although required in junior and senior high schools, was often skipped in the real world.

The concept of physical therapy was gaining ground.

Now for some statistics.

When you hear about the good old days, understand that 25% of the potential inductees at the beginning of WW2 were rejected on physical grounds, mostly malnutrition.  Remember that when you criticize the young kids who look like Sumo wrestlers (and who are not wrestlers).

I read the mortality statistics for Los Angeles County yesterday.  The number one cause of death was circulatory problems.  It was also the leading cause of premature death (looking at the average age of death and then looking at people who died before the average).  How can you deal with it?  It turns out that former congresspeople live an average of nearly 20 years beyond the average.  Ok, so they get free gyms for life and free medical care.  It turns out that active dancers have the same extended lifespan.

Dancing.  I am in my 70s.  I am proficient in Argentine tango and take lessons every week.  I also take ballroom lessons.  Cardiovascular/circulation.

I was a member of a dance group that met once a month.  When a person reached 100 years, he or she received a free lifetime membership.

You don't need fancy equipment.  It is in the 60s today outside.  I will do Pilates and Yoga exercises on a surplus g.i. mat.  I need to do some stretching exercises for the hamstrings - the garden wall - put the foot on top and stretch.  I have some rubber band exercises from Kaiser - a cut up bicycle inner tube looped through a handrail outside.  I need to lie on my back, elevated, to do some arm exercises - I use an unrolled 36 inch yoga mat along the spine and an unwrapped $5 firm pillow from Big Lots.