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    We may be well prepared with food storage, first aid, water, and shelter, but what about physical fitness?

    What steps are you taking to be physically fit and healthy enough to do what needs to be done in a SHTF situation?

    What recommendations do you have for others?

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    Im working on getting back into shape right now. I'm embarrassed of how far I've let myself go. Not to be an Al Bundy, but I used to be a college athlete and I'm not sure I could continually run a mile now. Like I said, working on it.
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    This is one that I have been trying to focus on.

    Currently I walk daily and do some hiking when I have time.

    I want to work on more basic strength and endurance training.
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    I have dropped over 50 lbs this year. Change of diet. Plan on increasing my activity as the weather cools
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    Lost about 30# so far since June. But I've got to seriously increase my strength and stamina.
    Run? Never have been much of one, even when I was under 200. Guess I'll have to walk to the war.
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    Fitness, general healthiness, the most underrated topic in preparedness. I cannot believe how this topic is overlooked so often.

    I think this is a hard topic because there really is no best or direct route to "survival fitness". Maybe military fitness is the best because it would fit best in a survival situation, but whether it is basketball, running, yoga, weight lifting, all is better than nothing. If you are already fit, I think your goal should be going towards the military fitness style, so if you are a really great basketball player in terms of fitness level, incorporate some climbing, crawling, etc.

    Lets be perfectly honest, most of us will most likely die because of a heart attack vs some shtf scenario. That is the cold hard truth, it isn't sexy like dying while battling a horde of zombies as you make your last stand on bunker hill. We talk lots about waking up, and facing the real world situation, yet we miss something right in front of us. And perhaps it is my local area, but preppers really seem to fall into the stereotypical overweight male who drinks scotch at night while talking about the upcoming SHTF scenario while his gut makes his pregnant wife look like a twig. Talking about how if those sheeple ever come to my farm I will shoot them, yeah right buddy, you will have an incredibly hard time maneuvering and breathing in a life and death scenario. Shooting hungry people is different than sitting on a chair and sitting paper, these people will move.
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    I had Bariatric surgery back in May and I have lost over 50 lbs. since then , I feel great , I began my diet three and a half years ago , when I started I weighted 587 lbs. as today I weight 348 lbs. my weight I want to be is 245 lbs. I will have one more operation to take off the extra skin in March of 2017 , with the weight I lose from now to then should " with the next operation " I hope to be at 245 lbs. .. It's the best thing I ever did .
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    You guys just now starting to work out, remember this.

    Muscles condition faster than ligaments and joints.

    Just because you can " muscle it " doesn't mean your joints and ligaments can. The can snap like a rubber band.

    Stretch on your off days and always drink plenty of water.

    Treat it like a scientific experiment rather than an emotional roller coaster.

    Take emotions out of the equation and follow a workout and eating plan.

    Do not cheat ! Cheating is denial, cheating kills your gains and discourages you.

    Now, get to work.
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    I am swimming, light running, and light wights plus the heavy bag. I am not the workout king I used to be and I am never where I want to be but I'm working it. Knees and back take special consideration. I will never be 21 and in the ring again but I do as best I can. Just been to the heart guy and my heart and circulatory is good. Just have to take the BP pills and watch the weight. Diet is important as well as when you eat. I am down over 40 lbs.
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    I've found out I can split wood with a mail, pound fence posts into our succulent NW Arkansas soil, haul square bales, and wrestle aggressive adolescents and adults to the ground. But when it comes to running or uphill walking, I get winded too quick. A dr told me my lungs don't inflate to their capacity due to past asthma problems. I'm no dr, but I call bs on that.
    So I've really got to work on that .
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