First things first. I know absolutely nothing about baseball. The title is the first and last thing I will pull from the sport for this post.
Moving along. Spring is right around the corner for us northerners. Y’all southern California types can just keep quiet about your gorgeous weather, I don’t want to hear about it. :-D
Spring for me means hoeing, and planting, and building new veggie beds. It means bike rides, likely with kids in the trailer. In my younger days*, I was able to ramp up to that level of activity without any problems. Now that I spend 50 hours a week in an office building, I find I have to be more intentional about working my body up to that level of activity during the last of winter.
I make sure to do a lot of the forward bending poses in yoga, to keep my hamstrings and lower back ready to go for marathon sessions with seeds and transplants. (I don’t have raised beds, my veggies grow out of the ground, which means I have to get all the way down there to get them planted.)
I do some gentle arm exercises with 5 pound weights to keep my biceps and shoulders conditioned to hoeing. Some of the inverted yoga poses help keep my arms and shoulders in good working shape too. I’m talking downward dog, not the full inverted type poses, I can’t do any of those yet.
None of this is very hard to do. It doesn’t take a ton of time. The benefits are well worth the effort though. I hate having to slow down to deal with sore/aching muscles. And that’s exactly what happens if I head out to garden with 5 months of nothing but computer programming and sewing under my belt. Hubby illustrated this point over the weekend, I took the kiddos to my folk’s house, and left him to his own devices. He proceeded to play a ton of video games, and then tried to handle all of the snow shoveling without any sort of warm up in between. Yea, his back and shoulders have been killing him this week.
This of course plays into the larger scheme of physical readiness. Implied in many of the comments yesterday was the thinking that those who want to survive need to be ready physically and mentally. If you think you’re going to get up from your desk job and take on some sort of survival activity when SHTF, be it a bug out or sudden demotion to subsistence farming, without any advanced physical readiness, you are kidding yourself. You will likely be unable to move after the first day or two. And you’ll be far more likely to injure yourself, putting you out of commission right when your family needs you the most.
I have to pity the preppers I see on tv or meet in person who are carrying around a spare tire or two or three. Especially the ones who I can tell have delusions of being some sort of militia when the SHTF. I figure one quick run around the block will have those fools in the hospital with a heart attack. But they of course figure themselves fully prepared and ready to go because they have a fancy gun and lots of ammo and case or two of beans in the basement.
I can’t really think of many SHTF scenarios where physical fitness is not going to play a part in deciding who lives and who dies. (Yes yes, if the Yellowstone Caldera goes, situps are not going to save me.)
All joking aside, it can’t be put more plainly, and it can’t be more simple. Get fit, so you can keep yourself and your family alive when hard times hit. You don’t have to have bulging muscles or ripped abs. You DO need to have a basic level of fitness ingrained in your body and joints and muscles.
Get to it!
- Calamity Jane
* totally kidding, I’m still a spring chicken