Are You Physically Fit Enough to Survive SHTF?


Today’s preppers seem to have a very active imagination about how they plan to survive the end of the world as we know it. Every day I see people discussing their bugout plans and homesteading plans in preparation for the next “big event”. However there seems to be very little (if any) discussion about a very important topic that’s going to throw a huge monkey wrench into these preparations.

This is the unhealthiest country in the entire world. That’s not an opinion, that’s documented fact. Although that may gradually change with this new health care reform tax credit. A huge chunk of us are significantly overweight and have one or more serious health risk factors that are impacting the level of physical activity that we can do on a regular basis. Our kids are unhealthy, our elderly are becoming less active at an earlier age, and due to inactivity, convenience and downright laziness, the entire country is simply not as physically fit as it was 100 years ago.


Why then, are so many preppers making these unrealistic bugout plans that involve hiking dozens if not hundreds of miles when a lot of then couldn’t even realistically make it to the grocery store and back on foot? Why are people spending huge amounts of money buying remote bugout locations when surviving there is going take more physical effort than they’re even capable of?

The answer is simple… plans are easy to make, actual solutions aren’t.

If physical fitness was a prep item, it would be more important than your food storage, more important than stocking ammo and more important than your bugout bag. In fact, physical fitness is the most important “prep” you could possibly have.

Being a survivalist means you’re proficient at…well…staying alive, so what are some things we can do now to ensure that we can live a long and healthy life to survive the S hitting the fan or even if nothing ever happens?


  • Re-evaluate your diet – You’re only as healthy as the things you put into your body. If you truly want to be ready to face any disaster you need to pay attention to your food. Maybe it’s time to look into that Paleo diet everyone’s talking about. Maybe it’s time to start counting those calories. Or maybe it’s simply time to just cut out all the junk from your diet. No matter what path you decide to take, DO SOMETHING… do something that makes a change in your diet. Not only will it help make you healthy enough to face SHTF, but it will add years on to your life even if nothing happens.
  • Do SOMETHING to stay active – Are you planning on strapping on a rucksack and hiking 100 miles to a remote bugout location when the SHTF? Have you ever hiked 100 miles before? It’s not exactly a stroll in the park. When the SHTF, most people are going to be rudely awakened to just how physically demanding life off the grid and life without modern convenience really is. Start preparing today. Take walks, sign up the gym, maybe even just strap on that big rucksack now and do a “mock bugout” once a month. Anything you do to become more active will help your chances in a disaster..
  • Get off every medication you possibly can – Medications are finite. Long-term, modern medications do not have a place in a self-sufficient lifestyle. If we ever face a long-term SHTF scenario, medical supplies are likely to be the first thing to run out. If you’re not prepared for that now, how are you going to survive? Obviously there are situations where it’s simply not possible to just quit taking medications. However, there’s no reason you can’t talk to your doctor right now about things you can start doing that will help you get off the those daily meds.

Surviving a SHTF scenario isn’t going to be easy no matter how prepared you are. There will be many things outside of our control, and even the most prepared still have no real idea of what TEOTWAWKI will look like. All we can really do is make the best preparations we can. Being physically fit enough to face those disasters head on will be crucial. Our forefathers didn’t rely on convenience food, modern medications or the government to get them through hard times. Their survival came from the sweat of their brow and the loads on their shoulders. If we want to be more like them, capable of handling anything life can throw at us, then we’re going to have to start taking responsibility for our own health.

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  1. Todd Walker

    Couldn’t agree more! I place health and functional fitness at the top of my preparedness list. Without these two, the rest isn’t going to be of much use.

    Great article! Sharing it via FB 🙂

    1. Ready4ItAll

      Thanks for the share Todd!

  2. MrApple

    Short answer, no. But I’m working on it.

    1. Ready4ItAll

      I hear ya MrApple… ive personally lost 61 pounds this year. Dont stop, you’ll reach your goals if you keep at it!

  3. Elise

    Yeah I’m probably not fit enough. My diet is fine but I have no muscle strength whatsoever.. really need to work on that.

  4. Roy Patterson

    I happen to be a senior fitness-exercise instructor. We design expercise programs for older adults 66-99 years old and supervise there training. Most seniors, I know wouldn’t last two weeks if the SHTF. At 71 my Physical fitness is very, very good. I have been doing this for 5 years
    My view is that physical fitness is as important or even more important that anything else.
    You are 100 % right. If you don’t have a special place to go (and few of us do) you are better off staying at home.
    If anyone has physical fitness or exercise questions, E-mail me and I’ll try to answer them.The only other thing I can tell you is that if you want to get Physical Fit, hire a personal trainer to help.

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  6. Amy

    Yeah. I’m 100lbs overweight. Just getting over a chronic health condition that put me out of commission for several years. It’s hard to get back to being healthy but I’m slowly making my way back to medicine free and fit, partly for me, partly for my dream of homesteading and being able to be self reliant and able to survive should something SHTF happen.

  7. Allan

    This is an excellent article but I wonder how many people will respond by changing their lifestyle? Most “survivalists” I know have utterly unrealistic ideas about their capabilities – they are in such denial that I doubt any common sense can get through. Most of them think that a large supply of weapons and ammunition is all they need to “be safe” and they all fantasize about shooting the neighbors, marauding gangs, etc. but they never think about covering ground with a pack on their backs. Most have no idea what footwear would be necessary and most have no concept of blisters, muscle aches, or anything else. The modern diet of TV and movie apocalypse fantasies all airbrush out the reality and substitute strong-jawed heroes who never suffer from dysentery (which would strike most people pretty quickly, because of poor hygiene and contaminated water), who never get blisters or infections (which would happen to most people pretty early on) and who never, ever, rely on the hundreds of common medications taken by the vast majority of Americans.

    One guy I used to work with several years ago had a “plan” that he’d walk 17 miles cross-country from his home to his place of work because it could be defended more readily. One day his car broke down and he had a heart attack trying to walk one-quarter mile to the nearest gasoline station. So much for his “plan.” I suspect most people fall into his category: hopelessly unrealistic notions and no advanced preparation. In the UK military they say “train hard, fight easy” and that about sums it up. Most people, however, live easy and will die quickly in the event of a national disaster. Fortunately the probability is remote, but it is rather sad that as a species we’ve become generally incompetent to survive.

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