Are you actually prepared? Are your survival skills really where they need to be?
Many people will scoff at this article and pass it by thinking, “Obviously! Of course I am!”
I, like most of you, read the articles and watch the prepping videos and consider myself adequately prepared for a SHTF situation.
But what if you’re not?
I’m not going to point fingers, but from what I have seen many of the preppers that are posting videos on the Internet are showing a huge reliance on machines and gas operated vehicles.
Many of them have food stores that can sustain their families up to a year or more, intricate methods of water filtration, and weaponry to make a stand against militarized home invasions. The question I pose is this: we all have bug-out bags or kits that we plan on bringing with us, but our first thought is driving somewhere safe. What if we are unable to drive due to the danger of traveling on roads, or what if you run out of gas before you reach safety? Are you physically able to carry your gear on your back while hiking for what could be miles through the wilderness with your family?
As mentioned earlier, I have witnessed many prepping videos on the Internet and what I gathered from these videos is that a lot of people aren’t in the physical shape that they were once in. Yes, many of us went through military training but how many of us continue with PT? I have a friend who was an MP in the army. I asked him, while he was still in service, if he would like to go out for a light jog. He was gassed before we made it one mile. That instantly made me nervous. He claimed to be prepared for an attack at home but couldn’t run a mile wearing simple PT gear.
I was a personal trainer and athlete before my military service, and I have continued to improve my PT training since my enlistment. I can already hear the remarks of rebuttal, but hear me out. In the event of an attack, no one will need to be a competitive body builder or Olympic athlete. I consider the first stage of adequate preparation to be my body. I can honestly say that I train every day of the week, alternating between strength and cardio.
Prepper Exercise Program
Now I am not going to provide the ideal prepper workout because each situation and prepper is unique. My only caution is to not focus on just one aspect of fitness. I had a PT instructor early in my Air Force career and he only knew football drills. While they are effective, training for football will only get you so far. Football training is designed to make your body work really hard for a few seconds and then rest.
If you have to hike for miles through the woods while carrying your bug-out bag and listening to the whining of your family members, you will need to have trained more than intense football drills. If you’re reading this saying that you are adequately prepared physically, mentally, and materialistically, then good for you. My point with this article is that everyone regardless of physical condition will need to keep an open mind regarding their own preparedness.
The human body will grow accustomed to whatever is thrown at it. Therefore, to keep your body prepared for the possible upcoming fight you must keep an open mind towards all aspects of training.