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A topic that many preppers used to shy away from was fitness. It was a nerve-racking conversation to have with a prepper who thought their handgun could keep them safe under any circumstances.
A lot has changed since then. Now more preppers are working on their fitness skills than ever before. This is a good thing because we want healthy survivors in our midst.
Now, there are limits to any person’s abilities. While feeling strong and being strong are very important, you have to look at SHTF survival as more of a marathon instead of a quick set.
I think most people look at strength in survival as a short set. They can carry 200lbs for quite a distance in a workout session. That is great.
Farmers carry or maybe do squats in the 2-300 range. That makes a bug out bag that weighs 50-60 lbs seem like less of an issue.
Just as important as the strength of the individual is the weight of the bag and the items inside. You might feel great the first 4 hours of carrying a big heavy bag. How will you feel about that bag in 4 weeks of walking or 4 months of surviving? When we talk about SHTF fitness that is what you could be facing.
Really understanding the essential items you need in your bag compared to those things you can remove is a crucial part of the bug out process. These skills and weight management processes can also be used in your get home bag.
If you are going to be prepared for a long bug out or a long get home run you want to rely on your packing skills as much as your strength.
A sharp mind and hardened body are two of the main ingredients in survival. However, both can break over time. Be sure you handle the pre-planning to get the most out of both.