Why Physical Fitness is an Important Factor in Your Preparedness Plan

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As a prepper, you know the ins and outs of everything you need to get through just about any disaster or emergency situation. You’ve stocked up on supplies, you’ve got a preparedness plan in place, and even your entire family knows what to do if disaster strikes. But, what if you’re forgetting one very important key to your preparedness plan?

Yourself. 

The obesity rate in America is 44.8% among middle-aged adults. Being that overweight can contribute to everything from diabetes and heart disease to high blood pressure and joint/muscle issues. You wouldn’t want to carry around 50+ extra pounds of weight in your bug-out bag, so why carry it around your midsection? 

Obesity isn’t the only issue. By not taking proper care of yourself, you could have a weakened immune system, low energy, low strength, and not much stamina. Those health factors are all extremely important when it comes to making your way through an emergency. While you might dread the idea of exercising, there are ways to do it that can make it more fun and exciting, especially as you start to see results. 

How to Reach Your Fitness Goals

One of the biggest reasons people tend to stop working out is because they lose motivation. One way to combat that is to set specific goals for yourself. They don’t necessarily have to be weight-loss goals. Instead, they could include the following things: 

  • Gaining a certain amount of muscle
  • Being able to run a mile without stopping
  • Lifting a certain amount of weight

 

One study has also shown that competition is the number one form of motivation when it comes to exercising more. You can use that to your advantage by competing against yourself (i.e; trying to beat your best time in running a mile, etc.) or compete against a family member or friend. 

You can keep track of your progress by using a wearable fitness tracker to help you reach your goals. Fitness trackers, like the ones currently provided by Apple and Samsung, do so much more than count your steps and calories. They can give you tangible data to keep track of your fitness journey, and they can also send your information to healthcare staff at your local doctor’s office or hospital, so they can make recommendations to you on your overall health and wellness. 

How to Stay Physically Fit No Matter Where You Are

Being completely prepared means having the ability to be on the road at a moment’s notice. There may be a time where you’ll have to leave right away without much time to think. That can quickly take you away from the comforts you’re used to including your typical workout routine. 

That’s why being physically fit is about more than just going to a gym or having equipment at home. You should have the ability to stay fit anywhere, even if you’re on the road. Thankfully, with a few simple adjustments, you can stay active even if you’re driving for hours at a time. 

Try to get 30 minutes of exercise each day, even if you’re driving long distances. Have a family member take over for a while and do some bodyweight exercises in the RV/camper. Take a break and walk outside, if possible. You don’t have to have a lot of space or fancy equipment to get in a great workout. Try some cardiovascular options like jumping jacks or jump rope. 

How to Fuel Your Body – Even in Times of Disaster

There are other factors to physical fitness aside from exercising including getting enough sleep each night and maintaining proper nutrition. You need to fuel your body the right way to get the most out of it, or you’ll find yourself feeling sluggish with low energy. 

Many items that are shelf-stable or can be stored for a long time are often laden with preservatives, but there are a few options that are high in protein, low in fat, and can last a long time that make for great snacks: 

  • Tuna (canned or in pouches)
  • Granola
  • Beef jerky
  • Almonds

 

As part of your everyday diet, you should strike a healthy balance between fats, carbs, and protein. If you’re working out regularly, you’ll need all of those elements to build muscle and keep your energy. Protein will help your body to recover faster after a long workout, so opt for leaner choices like chicken or fish. 

If you’re not sure how to get started with healthy eating, one option is to cook your own food. Much of the food found in restaurants and even at fast food stops are filled with sodium and extra fat. When you cook your own meals, you know exactly what’s going into them. Healthy eating isn’t about starving yourself or leaving out certain food groups entirely. Instead, you should focus on eating balanced meals, reducing your sugar and fat intake, and avoiding processed foods whenever possible. 

Combining proper nutrition with exercise is the best way to stay physically fit, no matter where you are. Whatever your fitness goals might be, there’s never a “bad” time to start taking care of your body, so you can fully be prepared for whatever happens.

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