Monday, March 8, 2021

A Part of Preparedness We Don't Talk Much About!

Can you guess what we don't talk much about when it comes to preparedness?  

We hear a lot about ...

keeping a well-stocked pantry,

emergency lighting,

alternative power sources,

alternate heat sources,

alternate ways to prepare food,

alternative water sources, etc, 

... but we don't talk a lot about our physical fitness condition, do we?

I can tell you, having lived through several hurricanes, that one's physical condition is of utmost importance.  I'm not talking about bulging muscles or ultra lean bodies, I'm talking about a level of fitness that would allow you to do some light manual labor should there be a need ... and in most disasters, there is a need.  I'm talking about the kind of physical fitness that would allow you to take care of yourself in an emergency/disaster type situation should no one be able to get to you with assistance.

Being in the 60+ age group, a moderate level of fitness is important to me and since last summer, I've moved it up on my priority list.

What about you, are you pleased with your fitness level from a preparedness standpoint?

What are your thoughts on the need for a moderate level of fitness from a preparedness standpoint?  Are you happy with your current physical condition, would you be happy with it in an emergency/disaster type situation?

patsi

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15 comments:

  1. I agree with you. My parents (70 & 68) were recently snowed in without power. They live on a very steep hill, and are last on a plowing priority list. They were both able to work together to clear their long driveway & part of the road, so they could get supplies. They are both in very good shape & work hard to stay there.

    COVID has helped with my fitness - no commute & no international work travel has helped me be a lot more consistent. I work out almost every day, and am in the best shape I've been in in years.

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    1. Hawaii Planner, You parents sound like my kind of people, good for them!

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  2. I have actually thought this quite a lot recently. I've come to a conclusion that most worst case scenario is that we have to leave our home and need to be able to walk long(ish) distances with moderate loads with us. With having a dog who needs daily excercise that is an easy target to maintain. But that's the worst case scenario. Most likely we don't leave our home. So power cut, storm, economic collapse, worse pandemic.. we will be staying at home, and we need to keep things going, and threrefore we need not only durability but strenght and flexibility. Growing our food is physical task, but light compared to the fact we need also provide our own heat:that means firewood, and we need a lot of it.

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    1. Ulvmor, yes, strength and flexibility are indeed important in our fitness!

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  3. I have never thought of physical fitness from a preparedness point of view, and I appreciate you bringing the subject to my attention. My physical fitness could definitely do with some work. Thank you for your post.

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    1. Debbie, you're welcome, we all want to be able to care for ourselves as long as we can and our physical fitness is a big contributor to being able to do that.

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  4. Yes, I would like to see an easy to follow fitness plan for older people. I am turning 73 here shortly and still take complete care of my home by myself. I have a few minor health issues but nothing that can keep me from doing fitness. I have a treadmill, weights, and a stationary bike. But no real plan. Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. Lynda, it sounds like all you're lacking is a plan, good for you!

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  5. I think this is a great topic to explore. I would also suggest perhaps looking at ways that we could modify how we do things to accommodate aging bodies and ensure that we can still do things for ourselves. I'm thinking of things light - lighter tools (or tools geared more towards females), learning how to do simple things like climb a ladder safely, shovel snow or debris without injuring our backs - that sort of thing. For gardeners it might be more raised beds and things planted in containers. In general it's a lesson that I have had to learn - pacing yourself! Everything doesn't have to be done in one day - especially as we reach retirement age - time is a friend in this case. Just something for your consideration.

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  6. really good topic as I am in physical therapy from hip replacement there was a couple things the young therapists suggested that they see elders needing to work on...
    HAND GRIP and balance. I have been practicing balance at the microwave when waiting for something with 1 finger

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    1. Chef Owings, I hope you have a speedy recovery. From my own experience, I can say that I agree completely with your young therapists. I need to make working on those more of a priority.

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  7. I would love to hear more about your plan. I really need to get serious about my health. Will check out the step tracker. Maybe that is what I need to keep motivated. Thanks!

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  8. This is something I have been talking over with my husband lately. So true! I’ve been thinking on the lines of preventative measures in the way of pharmaceuticals... to try and keep healthy to not require a drawer full as they may not be available during a crisis, etc... to try and keep our bodies as self sufficient as possible...

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    1. JES, yes, those are some of our thoughts too.

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