Survivability during a crisis is not just about what guns, toys and gear one can buy or the amount of prepper food one can hoard. It’s also about being in the best physical shape possible in order to handle the rigors of a survival situation. “Hard” and “work” are considered two very nasty four-letter words to many people these days, especially when spoken in the same breath. Yet those who refuse to “cowboy up” are bound to become a statistic of one kind or another. Who is usually best able to deal with this and who isn’t? Blue-collar benefits Physical fitness usually is a blessing for blue-collar workers, as their profession demands remaining physically fit. Outdoorsy types Those who are into hunting, fishing, camping, etc., tend to be in better shape than the average person. However, those who rely on modern amenities such as RVs, AT’s and other Vs are not necessarily in good enough physical condition to survive. Sedentary populous In our ever-expanding high-tech world, there is a growing majority of the population that has sedentary, office and cerebral careers. To remain physically fit requires dedicated effort on their part. It is an ugly fact that many Americans are so accustomed to being “couch potatoes” that they tend to view exercise as an unnecessary annoyance. It’s important that you don’t neglect your overall physical fitness if you intend to survive an eventual crisis. Keeping up your strength and agility must be part and parcel of your survival strategy. Head of household As the head of a family, it is your responsibility to keep those in your charge healthy in mind, body and spirit at all times. You are responsible to be the leader whether you are married, single, or just care for a gaggle of kids. You will be the core provider doing all heavy exertion duties that must be performed, if and when things go bad. It will be all on you to adjust for children, the elderly weak, or physically compromised and yes… your life might stink while you’re doing it. I’ve seen people who are completely out of shape thrive, while some who should have had no trouble physically coping suffered terribly and sometimes even died, so I’m not going to nag you about getting into shape. But there are some ways to get in shape in order to maximize your chances for survival, including… Get off the couch and make yourself do things without power tools or pushing a button. Take the stairs more often than the elevator at work. Walk wherever you need to go that is less than 20 blocks away. Give up any bad habits such as smoking, drinking, etc. Another thing you can do is take up walking regularly as a family with everyone wearing their bug-out bags. Start out doing a couple hours after dinner once a week. Then extend the time and the distance your family hikes together. Always make these weekly excursions fun, throwing in some learning and practice times in connection with survival skills. Once or twice a year, take a practice survival trip, camping with only what is in your bug-out-bags. Practice your fishing, hunting and gathering skills, too. You can do this in your backyard or at a nearby campground. Just don’t cheat. And most important, if you want to lose some weight, push away from the table before you have to unhitch your belt now and then. Good physical conditioning crucial to survival situation - Personal Liberty® We can always do more, do better..... how are you doing?!