We’ve all seen the lists of things you should have on hand in the case of an emergency. Whether it’s an earthquake, hurricane, riots, or economic collapse, there are things you should have on hand to address your basic needs. We’ve covered many of these in our last post. Today we’re going to take a look at preparedness from a different angle.
Physical Demands of An Emergency
Depending on the type of emergency you encounter, the physical demands could be very different. In an earthquake you may need to be able to lift debris off of a loved one. Living through a hurricane may find you in a similar situation. In the case of societal breakdown or economic collapse you may need to have not only strength, but endurance so that you can get away from major cities.
One of the first thing preppers will tell you to have is a bug-out-bag ready to go at all times. It should contain basic supplies that will get you through 48-72 hours or until you can get to a safe location. If you’ve got a family, that can be quite a load. While it should be divided up amongst those that are physically able to carry such weights, it still adds up to a significant amount of weight. What most experts on preparation fail to address is the physical strength and stamina that is required to carry a heavy load over long distances.
If you have small children, you will have to count on being able to carry them at least part of the time as well. So a regular regimen of exercise is a must for those that are truly prepared for anything.
A Surprisingly Good Option
First of all, if you go to a gym 3-4 times per week to lift weights, you may be in relatively good shape. But if you’re not supplementing all of that lifting with some sort of intense short-term cardio and less intense long-term cardio, you will find yourself woefully unprepared when the time comes to depend on your body.
One of the exercise routines out there that is becoming more and more popular is CrossFit. And it could’ve been designed to fit the needs of anyone looking to prepare them both mentally AND physically for the trials of an emergency.
The exercises that make up CrossFit WODs (workout of the day), stress every part of your body. There are intense upper body workouts that incorporate all of your muscle groups working together at the same time. And there are equally intense workouts that incorporate all the muscles of the lower body.
Unlike any other routine CrossFit training hits your ENTIRE body. It’s based upon high repetition and proper form. It is an excellent choice for building both strength in your bodies core muscle groups, but also elevating your cardiovascular health. It doesn’t necessarily incorporate long endurance runs, but you can easily work these in on days off.
Mental Preparation Benefits
While CrossFit will literally kick your ass physically, it is also going to push you to mentally achieve more than you ever have before. The support network in a class helps you to achieve more than you thought possible. This builds confidence. And having solid confidence and being self reliant are extremely important in an emergency.
So whether or not you think you are prepared from a supply standpoint, take a look at your physical preparedness as well. And remember that everyone in your family should be at least somewhat prepared for any type of emergency.