This article considers why muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility are all vitally important for preppers during an emergency.
Let’s discuss muscle endurance first. Muscle endurance also leads to cardio-respiratory endurance. As one example of the need for cardio-respiratory endurance, if preppers ever experienced another gas shortage, they might need to do more walking than they ordinarily do. Couch potatoes with poor physical fitness levels would be more at risk for strokes or heart attacks as they carried full gas cans for long distances.
Muscle strength also is important. Carrying a loved one out of a burning house, for example, takes more strength than usual.
Muscle flexibility is crucial. Flexible muscles are less likely to tear when, without a warm-up, they have to quickly carry larger than normal loads in awkward, unusual positions during an emergency.
Agility also is an important component of physical fitness. Even if preppers ride stationary bikes for endurance, lift weights for strength, and stretch for muscle flexibility, a lack of agility can increase their chances of falls during an emergency when they are moving quickly and in unusual ways. Those preppers whose work involves mainly sitting need to do activities after work that involve bending, stretching, and moving in many different ways.
It is human nature for preppers to remember how much endurance, strength, flexibility, and agility they had when they were younger and involved in athletics. During an emergency is not the best time to suffer a reality check regarding the current capability of a body.
Also, it would be much more difficult, if not impossible, to quickly get first aid for heart attacks, stokes, muscle sprains, or falls. In addition, these injuries could put preppers in greater danger as they tried to deal with the emergency at hand.
Exercise also has a positive mental aspect. When preppers do not feel like exercising, but do it anyway, preppers develop mental discipline. This mental discipline can be crucial during an emergency when preppers have to push themselves beyond their limits of comfort.
The beauty of a fitness program is that it is valuable whether or not there ever is an emergency like a gas shortage or fire. Being physically fit will help preppers to avoid diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
What do you preppers think about physical fitness? What type of a workout do you have? Let’s hear from you. Please comment below.