Spring Training

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

13 comments… add one
  • Jarhead Survivor March 14, 2013, 9:03 am

    Shout it out, Calamity!

    I love the video clips I see of guys who are at least 50 pounds overweight wearing a vest and looking like they’re getting ready to run a combat course.

    Having run these type of obstacles with a rifle when I was younger I can guarantee that anybody in their 30’s or older trying to run a course like this with a rifle and full gear would have a heart attack after the first five minutes.

    Some people are in great shape and could probably do it. Others… well, not so much.

    Here’s the penis test for the gentlemen in the crowd. You guys ready? Look down in the shower. If you can’t see your package you’re obese and need to hit the weights and treadmill.

    • Calamity Jane March 14, 2013, 9:45 am

      hahahahah I sooo did not need that visual this morning.

    • smokechecktim March 14, 2013, 5:54 pm

      and quietly throughout the land….men quickly glanced downward.

    • irishdutchuncle March 18, 2013, 6:48 pm

      hey, that’s one of the reasons they put a mirror in bathrooms.

  • S.Q. Whrill March 14, 2013, 11:09 am

    it is amazing how we get slow and chubbie. when I think
    about me, I get the back and shoulders pains. I thought
    I was in good shape. need to hit the the weights and have fun

  • Charles,,,, March 14, 2013, 11:49 am

    Many form’s of exercise, dirt work via a garden is taxing on all muscle group’s, when done by hand, an old boxer once told me whatever I do, do it with quick motions it keeps your speed up, seems to have merit, had three days of sleep deprivation, 4 hours a night at most, makes one grumpy for sure, fitting ones work out into the routine of the day is kool, I have a chin up bar hanging in an outside archway and whenever I go through that area it’s mandatory to do chin ups to failure, if anyone has ideas of things to add into the daily routine I’d like to hear of them,,,, idea’s are priceless these dayz. C

    • D'ja'c March 15, 2013, 6:46 am

      Charles, got the same rig. Added hanging ab crunches. Also got to get back into 200 push-ups spread out thru the day.

  • smokechecktim March 14, 2013, 2:40 pm

    just this week I decided that work permiting I would take a short hike with my bug home bag (still way to much stuff in it) on the way home. Monday I felt great…tuesday boy I guess I’m not as out of shape as I thought. Wednesday morning I knew exactly where my calfs and thighs were!! It sneaks up on you before you know it!

  • Pineslayer March 14, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Push ups, we don’t need no stinking push ups.

    It is funny how most of the preppers on TV look like they haven’t done any crunches in decades or ever. That first month after the balloon goes up will be tough. If you can stay low for it that might give you time to harden up. Big Al needs a decade.

  • Michael March 14, 2013, 11:29 pm

    I think the trick is to, as best you’re able, to adapt your lifestyle to what you think is coming before it comes.

    I did just fine during the ’96 ice storm in Spokane because I already was getting everywhere I needed to go on foot and used a wood stove for some of my heating. I was already fit enough to do what I needed to do once the ice hit.

    Right at the moment I’m doing the distance commuter thing for work, but that will end in late May and I’ll be back to commuting 2 miles to work by bike. If gas gets short or really expensive it wont hit me too bad because I’m already doing the bike to work thing. Let’s just hope shortages and price-hikes hold off until at least June.

  • Charles,,,, March 17, 2013, 7:45 am

    “D”, thanks for the pain, I added those hanging crunches to the routine, and now my gut is asking me am I krazieeeeeee…. but it showed a weak area, once heard a soccer star state that the ab’s are the core to the hole body, no ab’s no body, and not just the 6-pak type…push-up’s, hard on the wrists so I got that dealio invented by a navy seal, ya hold the handles and the twist as your body rises and lowers, ughhh, whoever said no pain no gain should be shot…JK !!!!

    • D'ja'c March 17, 2013, 8:41 am

      All part of the friendly service, “C”. Embrace the pain. I have been eyeing those push-up things too. Old arthritic wrists.

  • Charles,,,, March 18, 2013, 10:02 am

    “D”, the push up aid is so nice, and it is much easier on the wrists by far, I haven’t had a days pain in weeks of use, someone stated that you cannot do as many manual push ups if you use that thing, say 20 manual equals 10 with the device, all I said was doing ten then in the form of 20 is 10 more then I had been doing, plus I know to start adding more as I go, never to hit a top, if I can do 3-sets of 20 ea., then I start pushing 22 per set, then 25, but the naysayers only see a negative side so be it for them,,,,, thanks for the encouragement, and my gut still thinks your a saddist, man is it sore….lol


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