A smart prepper assesses the risks in their environment then prepares for them in practical ways but many preppers overlook the necessity of their physical health in their preparations. All the food, water, and emergency supplies in the world are not going to help you in a disaster if you are not healthy enough to carry out your emergency action plan. Disasters may happen at the most inconvenient time and place making it necessary that you walk, climb and/or swim to reach your home or alternate safe location.
Did you know that in 2008 over 70,000 people ended up with an injury warranting a doctors visit from shoveling snow after a storm according to the Consumer Products Safety Commision? If this many people are injured after shoveling snow, how many of them would have been capable of running several miles to safety or chopping up and lifting debris for hours? Making physical fitness a part of your regular prepping activities is important for many reasons:
Exercise fights diseases and health conditions
Regular exercise combats heart disease by helping you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure. Regular physical activity may also lower your risk of many cancers according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, studies have shown that moderate exercise by people at high risk of getting diabetes may cut their risk in half. Finally, studies have shown that exercise helps increase range of motion and reduces pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. The bottom line is that a prepper who exercises regularly will be healthier and less at risk of contracting a serious disease in the future.
Exercise increases your overall strength
If you want to be more prepared for a disaster, you need to be prepared to handle the physical demands that a disaster may bring upon you. That may include more manual labor in the event of a power outage or trekking to a safer location. Without regular exercise, you may not have the physical strength and endurance necessary to survive a disaster.
Exercise improves your mental health
Studies have shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain. Exercise can be a powerful antidepressant and can reduce the symptoms of depression. Emergency situations can place a heavy toll on a person’s mental health. By exercising regularly you can keep your mind focused and sharp in distressing situations.
Exercise helps you sleep
The physical exertion of regular exercise has the positive benefit of a better night’s sleep by helping you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Adequate sleep is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle that has been shown to improve physical performance, spur creativity, improve memory and avoid accidents. All of these benefits will help you in an emergency situation.
Start integrating physical fitness into your regular prepping activities today. Start small by doing little things like walking your neighborhood to better familiarize your environment. Slowly build your fitness to where you can easily lift heavy objects and run for an extended period. It may be the most important prepping activity you ever do.