Survival of the fittest may not exactly be referring to the physically fit, but those in good shape are going to have a lot easier time surviving. Physical fitness goes hand in hand with prepping and survival in my opinion. If you have a few thousand rounds of ammo, a 45 pound bug out bag, a rifle, shotgun, and pistol, plus a plate carrier you are looking at a lot of weight, how far can you physically go carrying it?
If your answer is out the front door, and down the driveway before you get winded you may need to start reevaluating your prepping. Adding physical fitness to your preps is invaluable and can truly add more to you survival than you think. After SHTF, there is a good chance you’ll be living in a world where physicality means survival. Physicality is important when it comes to working, to fighting, and to bugging out.
As preppers, we shouldn’t strive to have that beach body, but to have a level of functional fitness that will allow us to run, jump, hike, and fight for extended periods of time. Gyms are expensive, and often an inconvenience. I suggest a mixture of body weight workouts, hikes and running.
For bodyweight regimens, all it takes is a google search. however, I suggest Darebee.com, a website dedicated to bodyweight workouts that promote functional fitness over physical vanity.
A good hike should be done once a week, as your fitness progress begin adding a bit more weight, be it your bug out bag or your plate carrier. Add weight in a safe manner, but make sure the weight makes sense, and preferably actually use and wear the gear you’re bugging out in.
When it comes to running I say just get out there and run. Mix running and walking as you begin, and mix in sprints for some days. Running sucks, but the more you do it, the better it will become. Adding music to it could make it quite enjoyable. You can use apps on your phone like Nike Running or Runtracker.
Physical fitness is incredibly important for preppers, and I often feel is a topic that is not talked about enough. Preppers should strive to be fit but do so in a safe way. Even the older or the disabled can get a little better at one thing or another.