And most men don’t like to admit to women that they’re shivering from cold during a cold wave! And if you have to chop wood for a fire, what are you going to say? Sorry darling, I don’t have the upper body strength? Unfortunately, most of us don’t have Popeye’s ability to pop muscles with spinach. But we can develop physical agility in addition to mental preparedness. Here are a few of the situations in which a fit body can help you out greatly.
If you’re attacked, and you need to get away, quick physical reflexes will help you out. The more weight you carry on your body, the slower you move. So being at a healthy weight will make it easier for you to run away. However, losing too much weight and becoming anorexic won’t help you in a crisis either. If anything, it’s a hindrance when your body is not as strong as needed to help you get away. So make sure your weight falls in the right range if you want to escape from an attack.
If a heat wave or a cold wave hits your area, you might have to find ways of dealing with the extreme temperature for a few months (rings a bell, eh?). Physical strength is always a bonus when these things happen. A fit person, with greater muscle tone, has more stamina and can function better during extremes of heat or cold.
We’re all used to having plumbing and electricity. So we don’t imagine situations where we will be deprived of these things. However, there are blackouts occasionally, usually because of natural disasters like storms or heat waves. It’s also possible for the water supply in an area to become compromised due to the incorrect disposal of industrial waste. You might have to chop wood to build a fire and stay warm. Or you might need to get water from a distance and bring it to your home. For all of these situations, you need physical strength and stamina.
Ok now, enough with jokes:) The question is how do you develop physical strength? There’s no need to start chopping wood and carrying buckets of water! You can develop fitness in a gym and use it in the real world later on. Here are a few tips to help you develop the type of strength that will be most useful:
Of course, we hope that an emergency situation is not going to happen to you. Ever! But it's better to be prepared in case of facing a bear in the woods. And blackouts have been known to happen even in places where there are no power cuts, such as New York City. Stay fit, stay healthy!
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