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Old 12-24-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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One thing that seems to be overlooked in conversations about self-sufficiency during difficult (although often temporary) times and general preparedness is the general fitness level of the people involved.


If you were really getting in to being ready for a situation, even if for peace of mind, you would also have to take a long hard look at your level of fitness.

I'm well aware people can muster the energy to move out smartly, but how long can you sustain that level of effort?

How fast can you walk a mile? five? ten?

How many flights of stairs can you take without a break? (even going down can get hard on unfit folks)

Have you ever carried a person 100 yards? Do you know how?

Can you swim?

Can you climb a rope over a 15' wall?

How long can you dead hang (gripping a rope or bar)?

Can you climb a 12' fence?

If you do fine day 1 becuase of adrenaline, what about day 2 or day 3?

( I don't expect anyone to answer those, and perhaps there are more that I've forgotten. Just examples for thought.)

I'm not talking about some movie-plot inspired end of civilization. I just throwing the idea out there that if we are prepared for the difficult times life may throw our way (storm, quake, fire, manmade, etc), we have to know how our fitness level may become a factor. If we know we're going to need help, we need to ID that help ahead of time. If we know we're plenty strong, we have to determine who we're going to help and how much, etc.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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I agree, your overall fitness and health will be the foundation for survival.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:08 PM
 
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Excellent post - all the survival gear & preparedness knowledge in the world will not serve you well if you can't move rapidly & reliably, or if you don't have the strength to do the manual tasks necessary to survive over a protracted period of time.

A good New Years resolution that we should stick to & not toss aside a few weeks into the new year!!
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:50 AM
 
Location: SA
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Great post. I know it got me thinking. As a former Marine I know what I used to be capable of, but you got me thinking about what I may need to be able to do. I am putting down my honey bun and preparing.
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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+ 10, Great post, this is something most people don't think about at all.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:47 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Ya know, if your body is in good working order, then your mind tends to follow.

Something to strive for in these tough times...
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I'm glad this topic got posted. It does no good to have all the best survival gear in the world if you are so outta shape you can't use them .

It also means the old, the handicapped and the disabled are in real trouble.
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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I'm glad this topic got posted. It does no good to have all the best survival gear in the world if you are so outta shape you can't use them .

It also means the old, the handicapped and the disabled are in real trouble.
Perhaps the more fit (mentally and physically) people that are out there, the more that can help those who cannot help themselves.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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mongoslade - that was one of my points for thought. It is much easier to provide help for others, even in the short term, like an evacuation or storm, if you've thought about who you can help (co-worker, neighbor). Or, if you're capable of helping someone but have your hands full with your own family, it's time to have a conversation about it with someone who may think you're going to help them. Also, if you know you need help (evacuate the building at work, get down the road from a storm, etc.) there's nothing wrong with finding that help in advance -- and maybe a back up.

I know a sense of old-timey "community" often breaks out during adversity, but we can't always count on it.
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:53 AM
 
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I say, take up an activity and/or sport that you really enjoy. Running is good, but it won't help your gripping strength for that wall climb. More optimum would be a martial art b/c it would serve a dual (or many) purpose.....getting you fit while teaching you how to fight/defend yourself. You'll also be very alert in a confrontational situation.

Now we're getting into the debate on which martial art is most effective. They all will help with your cardio, agility, etc.

Based on many of the items posted by the OP, I would say that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help you cover not only basic benefits (cardio, agility, strength, etc.) but also many of the obscured abilities such as climbing fences, gripping, etc.... b/c there's a lot of emphasis on gripping strength, crawling, acrobatics, etc. And most BJJ schools also teaches Muay Thai for standup fighting.

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