Written By Dan vale
Baltimore Prepper Examiner
The most likely injuries that preppers, if they are out of shape, would face during an emergency are probably strained muscles or sprained ligaments. When such a strain or sprain happens to a muscle or ligament of the spinal column, the injury can be especially disabling. An even worse happening would be a heart attack.
This article discusses 5 best exercises for preppers that will minimize the chances of these unfortunate experiences occurring, either during normal times or during an emergency. You might also want to check out this article covering the 5 best pieces of exercise equipment which can serve dual purposes in time of emergency. As with any exercise program, it is important to get the opinion of a doctor before proceeding, especially for those who are out of shape.
Why stretching is considered one of the best exercises for preppers
The first best exercise is stretching. To avoid strained muscles or sprained ligaments, it is important to stretch muscles and ligaments every day, after a light, short warmup. During an emergency, there probably will not be time enough to warm up and stretch before exerting maximum physical efforts. Nevertheless, the chances of straining muscles or spraining ligaments are less likely when a body is stretched every day than when a body is not stretched every day. Stretching the hamstring muscles is especially important to reduce the chances of straining muscles or spraining the ligaments in the spinal column.
Sit-ups and Superman Exercise
The second and third best exercises are the sit up and some variation of the “superman exercise.” These exercises strengthen the stomach and back muscles that help to stabilize the spinal column. Both of these exercises reduce the chances of a strain of muscles or a sprain of ligaments in the spinal column. Such an injury could occur, for example, when a prepper is shoveling snow during a blizzard or even during a normal snowfall.
The fourth best exercise is to walk increasingly long distances. It also is a good practice to do this walking while wearing a backpack or while carrying something. If a prepper family has a car breakdown, runs out of gas, or gets caught in a traffic jam, they might have to walk long distances.
The fifth best exercise is running. Running will increase overall muscle endurance and will allow a prepper to continue working at close to total strength for long periods of time during an emergency. Also, during this era of increasing crime and especially during a disaster, when crime would become more rampant, running ability could save a prepper’s life. A prepper does not have to be a world class sprinter or a marathon runner. The prepper might need only to be able to run faster and farther than other potential victims, and to do so without a muscle strain, ligament sprain, or heart attack.
Preppers can do these exercises almost anytime, anywhere, and without any equipment. Those advantages can be especially important during a bug out.
If preppers have enough time, there are plenty of other exercises that can get them into top shape. The described exercises, however, are the most important ones and should be a part of every prepper’s workout.