Disaster Survival: Get Fit to Survive

| August 19, 2013 |

Get Fit To Survive

The term ‘survival of the fittest’ is often used frivolously in everyday context, but there is a truth to this notion. When push comes to shove, those who are both physically and mentally prepared to deal with a life-threatening situation will win out over those who are not.

This is an extreme example, but the benefits of being fit and healthy are numerous and endlessly fulfilling. Some worry that they don’t have the time, or that they simply cannot afford to live a healthy lifestyle, but the truth is, there are many options open to everybody wishing to better themselves.

When a disaster situation strikes, you’ll be the one fit to survive.

Baby Steps

One of the first major mistakes that people make when trying to turn their health around is to take on too much, too soon. Joining a gym is a good idea, but simply joining isn’t enough – in much the same way, buying a shopping cart full of fruits and vegetables is well-intentioned, but isn’t a long-term solution. The key to success is to adapt to the healthy lifestyle in small steps – this will help assimilate the body and the mind to a completely different way of living.

Begin by incorporating simple things into everyday life, like walking to the local grocery store instead of taking the car. Instead of exclusively eating salads for a week, just begin by replacing chocolate bars with apples. When week two comes around, expand on these ideas and gradually build and grow with the new lifestyle.

Measure Endurance

When a suitable form of regular exercise has been established (some people prefer biking, some like to jog) begin timing personal endurance. This is important because it allows for an accurate assessment, over time, of how much physical progress has been made. Timing exercise also drives people to do better, to beat previous times and to push themselves harder. The important thing to remember is that timing, or any form of healthy lifestyle recording, should be used as inspiration, and not a means of measuring a lack of progress. In the end, any progress is good progress.

The Results

It goes without saying that being in shape holds many benefits – it brings confidence, an ability to be more active and get more out of life, it prevents future diseases, and improves general mood. However, some may be surprised at just how useful it is to be fit and healthy in a wide range of situations. In a disaster scenario, having the physical ability to fight back and survive cannot be underrated – the chances of surviving a range of disasters are improved exponentially just by being in shape and able to tackle difficult situations with confidence and stamina.

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