Because preppers prepare for natural and man made disasters, they need to get into good shape and stay there. Heart attacks and strokes can occur when sudden physical stress is placed upon out of shape bodies. During a disaster, when hospitals may be overwhelmed and when transportation might be difficult or impossible, emergency care might not be available.
Here are some examples of why preppers need to be in shape:
- During a blizzard, preppers might need to walk through or shovel through deep snow.
- During an electrical grid failure, preppers might need to chop wood for their fireplaces.
- During a traffic jam preppers might be forced to walk for long distances.
Being in good physical shape brings benefits, even when there is no disaster. During flu seasons, for example, if preppers’ bodies are in good shape, those preppers will have stronger immune systems.
One reason people give for their lack of exercise is their lack of time. Everyone, however, should be able to find at least 20 minutes a day to devote to aerobic exercise. American presidents Jefferson, Truman, and Kennedy were all strong advocates of walking and its benefits.
Perhaps preppers can even convince their families to join them during periods of daily exercise. One such family exercise activity could be group walks. During such walks, family members could catch up on what is happening in each others’ lives.
Even if you walk alone, there are other benefits. You can take pleasure in rainbows, sunrises, sunsets, the morning dew, and the color change of leaves in autumn. You can smell blossoming plant life in the spring, the burning leaves in fall, and the pine trees all year long. You can feel the wind against your skin, and experience all of your muscles working in harmony as you walk.
Bad weather is another reason why people say they skip exercise sessions. Equipment like stationary exercise bikes and weights can allow preppers and their families to exercise indoors at home. Music and movies are possible enhancements to these inside exercise sessions.
Preppers can encourage the physical fitness of their family members by the gifts that preppers give to them. Such gifts can be as expensive as bicycles or weight lifting sets, or as inexpensive as basketballs.
Take care of your body, and it will take care of you.