In a sur­vival forum, it was not­ed that: “Remem­ber the first rules from Zom­bieland.  No, not “dou­ble tap.”  Car­dio.  If you’re a couch pota­to you need to fix this right now.” Yes, I am a for­mer ath­lete that has been a couch pota­to for too long. I am also above 40 and over­weight. But this is not a con­fes­sion­al. “Whatcha going to do about it?”

Well, I have lost about 30 lbs this year through diet alone. I gained back about 10, but am still down 20 lbs since New Years. So, hav­ing lost weight with­out exer­cis­ing, this is what is in my future (as it worked well in the past):

1) I am a big fan of inter­val train­ing. That is, warm up, then do sprints and real­ly get your heart rate going. It is my belief that this type of train­ing is more effec­tive both from a time per­spec­tive and endurance per­spec­tive than mere­ly get­ting on the tread­mill for 60 min­utes. I learned this from Dr. Art Devany and his book, The New Evo­lu­tion Diet. You don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly have to do run­ning sprints. I do my inter­val train­ing on an ellip­ti­cal machine to min­i­mize the impact. Even­tu­al­ly, I will work up to 40 yard dash­es, as noth­ing sim­u­lates run­ning from zom­bies bet­ter than, well, run­ning.

2) In the past, I loved Matt Furey’s Com­bat Con­di­tion­ing. It is strength train­ing with­out using weights. I did squats and mod­i­fied push-ups and this real­ly improved my over­all strength. I could nev­er do the bridge so just aban­doned that. I believe these exer­cis­es are still appro­pri­ate and effec­tive if matched with sit-ups and oth­er weight train­ing.

3) Stretch­ing is also impor­tant. I am not the most flex­i­ble per­son, so this is def­i­nite­ly an area for improve­ment. After 40, I am not sure I can make much flex­i­bil­i­ty progress.

4) I would like to do some urban hik­ing with a back pack to sim­u­late hav­ing to march 30 miles from my work to my home should the SHTF. I don’t think I will walk 30 miles with a 40 lb pack, but five miles is not out of the ques­tion.

The prob­lem I have is it is now June in Hous­ton, Texas and hik­ing out­side is very dif­fi­cult. Of course, one can­not choose the time when the SHTF, so I fig­ure it is time to quite com­plain­ing and start walk­ing!

I would love to hear what oth­ers do to get in Shape to Sur­vive!

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