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is your body ready for a SHTF event.

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Markjz, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    a lot of talk about storing food and what weapons to have.
    but what about your physical condition? what if you had to bug out on foot? could you run 5 or more miles without stopping? wile loaded down with 3 days worth of supplies?

    lets face it odds are your body is not ready for a SHTF event.

    so what are you going to do about it if anything?
    what places do you need improvement on most?
     
  2. JC9995

    JC9995 Greater "Clackamas" Active Member

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    Depends on what you mean..... physically fit? No. but I have enough reserves on board to last well into next year.:thumbup::laugh:
     
  3. Wheeler44

    Wheeler44 SW Washington Member

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    Not this evening no......Way too many Christmas cookies and what must've been a pound and a half of Christmas ham.....

    I'll be alright again tomorrow...

    I live in a small city and i walk everywhere that I can..

    W44
     
  4. moriarty689

    moriarty689 Oregon New Member

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    Did a 6 mile ruck run yesterday, 30 lb ruck. 9:30 pace, with small hills so yeah I'm out of shape.

    I dare say there are a few physical phenoms on here somewhere?
     
  5. Douglas

    Douglas Oregon Active Member

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    I decided some time ago to keep up the PT. Mon-fri I'm out there at o'dark thirty, conditioning my body and my mind, never felt better!
     
  6. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I have the body of a "GOD"!!!
















    Too bad it's "Buddha":bluelaugh::laugh:
     
  7. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    Physical strength? A hearty 'yes'.
    Walk a 40 mile trail with a 50+/- pound kit in 10 hours? Yes. (And do it again the next day? Are you kidding?)
    Sprint 2 miles in 12 minutes on a straight track? Most assuredly not :laugh: .

    Keith
     
  8. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    I ran from the couch to the fridge, grabbed a beer, and made it back to the couch before the commercials were over.

    /flex

    -d
     
  9. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    That is a good point as if the shtf, most of us will be on foot. If you have fuel you will still have to deal with jammed roads. Can you run from the middle of your garden to cover and be able to hold a rifle steady enough to shot a target the size of a milk jug before it shoots you?
     
  10. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Give me a real life scenario where you have to worry about a milk jug shooting at you :laugh:
     
  11. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    The person shooting at you is prone using a tree for cover. Actually the target is more the size of a clay, so I was being generous. How big a target would you provide if it were you finding food for your family?
     
  12. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    I knew what you were referring to. I just got a laugh out of the mental picture of milk jug toting a gun.
     
  13. goatguns

    goatguns Dallas OR Member

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    wow you are in shape...I hope to be there some day. lol :huh:
     
  14. Wheeler44

    Wheeler44 SW Washington Member

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    In Russia..Shoot through tree...Funny I should have to remind you, "branchbuster".

    W44
     
  15. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    :drink:

    -d
     
  16. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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    Odds are that you will reach the age or medical condition where you aren't able to run 5 miles, or conform to other assorted BS "bug out" criteria seemingly important when you get out of boot camp. You may be in "running condition" but is every member of your family?

    Odds are that you will still feel strongly about survival, firearms, etc. and will have a plan to do your best in every situation you could find yourself. Running 5 miles down the road with 3 days of supplies isn't necessarily going to put you in a better place... just get you someplace where you will have to fight in an exhausted condition.

    I think there are far more important considerations to preparing for potential SHTF situations than "bugging out".
     
  17. spengo

    spengo GLORIOUS CASCADIA Active Member

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    I don't think I can run flat out for 5 miles. Jog maybe...

    I can hike up and down steep mountains for 10+ no problem though! :thumbup:

    Sure, just drop to kneeling.

    Oh, it's at least as likely as any "SHTF" scenario where you have to "bug out" inna woods or whatever the heck people think they are going to be doing. :rolleyes:
     
  18. gearhead

    gearhead NC Active Member

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    I run to and from work, which is 4 days a week. it's only 2 miles 1 way, but there's a few hills, which helps. Sometimes i'll do it with a 15lb-ish pack on if i have to take uniforms to work. I have enough strength to lift 50lb objects all day and carry them around the ship, but i definitely need to build more. My back took a crap on me 2 years ago, so i've been working with it to make it behave. My family is in good health, but not built to travel on foot. My son is 3, and while energy abounds, he's usually calling it quits after a 3 mile hike or so. My daughter is 5 months old, and has yet to reach the self propelled stage. My wife works out more than me, but can't run long distances. Long story short, WSHTF we're not running to the hills with 150lb backpacks on. I'm more concerned with building core strength and endurance to perform all the manual labor involved in a grid down situation. Mental strength is just as important in my opinion. once you've worked all day and have to possibly stand watch over your family at night, things get taxing and situational awareness deteriorates quickly. But, I digress. That's a subject for another thread.
     
  19. Markjz

    Markjz Longview, WA Member

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    craft-a-birdfeeder-out-l.jpg

    Bring it!
     
  20. richdav

    richdav oregon Member

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    Crossfit nearly everyday, a lifetime of climbing, skiing, kayaking in places off the grid and five years of college rowing. It all goes to sh*t when I tore my acl on Wednesday. First major injury in 35 years. Right now I feel like I might as well have a gut and bad lungs.

    Richard