Fitness and Survial

I haven’t written a survival entry in while, but I’ve had one percolating in my cortex of a while now. And today I discovered a new blog Paratus that inspired me to take a few minutes and write it out.

When most people think about survivalism or preparedness, they think of crazy gun nuts preparing for WWIII. But when preparedness people start thinking about survival, they think about having the basics – water, food, first aid, transportation, self-protection – to allow them and their love ones to make it through a situation.

But I’ve never heard a survivalist discuss the role of physical fitness in survival. And I’m not talking about living longer because you are in better shape. I’m talking about when the SHTF, are you going to be able to come through it alive.

In general the average urban dweller isn’t prepared to deal with disaster. If terrorist were to set of a nuclear weapon in downtown Houston, most people would wait in their homes until the authorities told them what to do. While they were waiting a cloud of radioactive dust would be upping their risk of cancer.

A survivalist would have a plan. They’d know the best route out of town. They’d have a Bug Out Bag ready to grab and go.

But I’ve never heard a survivalist say they run every week so they would be able to run in a survival situation. You could very easily be in a situation where you needed to walk out of a danger zone. Or where you are being chased. Or where you need to be in another location by a certain time and have to get there on foot.

Recently I told my wife that by the end of the year every member of the family needed to be able to run 2 miles over uneven terrain. She’s currently building up her endurance, the boys we’ll start in the Fall when it is a little cooler.