I want to touch on a topic that is on of the most important aspects of preparedness, physical fitness. First of all, let me say that I'm no personal trainer nor am I in the best shape I could be. But I am working on it, slowly but surely.
There are tons of benefits to being physically fit, but the most important as fas as preparedness is concerned are:
The better shape you're in, the better your mental/emotional state.
You'll be better able to fight of sickness.
You'll be able to help your family far more of you are in good shape. Hauling water, carrying firewood, etc. is hard work. If you're not used to it, it will be a huge shock to your system if you are out of shape.
So I would really like for those of you reading this to make a commitment to do something to get in better shape. It doesn't have to be a huge program or a big goal, just start small and work your way up to something special. Start walking everyday around your neighborhood, do some sit-ups or push-ups every day, go on bike rides with your kids, take the stairs instead of the elevator...
(I'd also suggest that you make a log and track your progress. It may seem kind of discouraging starting out, but seeing the improvement is pretty cool as time goes on.)
This is from my friend Tex who hits the nail on the head. Do whatever you can do, but do it. Do it. Start small, don't quit, keep going, and eventually you'll get where you want to be....
SOAP BOX :When Dan Gable ( A wrestling LEGEND) was training for the Olympics he would wake up in the middle of the night from dreams that the soviets were working harder than him.So he would get up and do push ups until he was tired enough to go back to sleep.Dan believed in the power and the use of push ups.I saw a book called the 100 push up challenge,I guess it lays out how you can do 100 push ups at one time.Folks...you don't need a damned book to tell you how to do a 100 push ups,just do them.There's no trick,no method,no secret to it.If you can do only 1 push up,then do that one push up until you can do 2 push ups, and repeat until you nail 100.I did 111,111 push ups for the year 2012,you know how I did it?...One at a time,one right after another-right through injury,during slow moments ON the fire line,late at night,early in the morning,during lunch breaks etc.Guys,when it comes to a fitness goal there is no other way to accomplish them execpt for hard ass work and a single minded drive to get the job done.No gimmicks,gadgets,cure all pill will do it.If you have it in your mind,then just knuckle the hell up and do it.Ignore all those commercials with the latest this and the latest that....I'm soooooo sick of all that.Bottom line,don't be a sucker and just get to it.
Read that last sentence again. Enough said...