10 Ways to Improve Your TEOTWAWKI Survival Fitness

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By Joel Jefferson •  3 min read

Your personal fitness is a core principle of survival.  Whether it is heavy lifting, being able to travel over long distances, or engaging in hand to hand combat.  In order to survive a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI scenario, you and your love ones have to be in shape.

*Check with Your Doctor Before Starting a Survival Fitness Plan

1 – Have A Fitness And Training Plan

Work to develop an aerobic endurance, strength and mental toughness plan

2 – Get Outside And Get Moving!

Go for a walk, run, hike, bike, swim, do some calisthenics – squats, push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, stretch

3 – Fuel For Your Engine

Don’t think your body can endure everything it could when you were younger.  Make sure you are getting good rest, hydrating, putting good fuel into your body – you would not put low octane fuel into a high performance sports car, don’t do the same for your body

4 – Think

Don’t have the mentality of a child or the unprepared.  Think, plan for contingencies, game out different scenarios, PLAN, PLAN, PLAN – and work your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly plan. The Strong and Prepared WILL SURVIVE!

5 – Open For Change

Although you may be very smart, be open for change and new ideas, listen to them, evaluate them, see if they can fit into your TEOTWAWKI SURVIVAL FITNESS planning and routine – learn from others who have different experience

6 – Develop Your Long Term Fitness

Start developing your fitness if you have not done so already.  You may not be able to stay in your existing location or bug out location and will likely have to move for long periods of time during TEOTWAWKI – BE READY and prepare NOW!

7 – Routine Is Your Enemy

The definition of Fitness Insanity: Doing the same thing day in and day out expecting different results.  Step outside of your comfort zone – push harder, longer, faster, stronger.  Change the way you eat, change the way you drink, cutback on alcohol.  Add more protein to your diet in the form of lean meats.  Increase the amount of raw and organic foods in your diet.  Take a whole food supplement.  Try to eat local grown fruits and vegetables.  Change your workout routine drastically.  Add more aerobic activity to your fitness routine, put more weights on that bar, or put a sandbag in your bug out bag when you train

8 – All Calories Are Not Equal

It takes more for your body to burn protein than it does to burn fat and carbohydrates.  If you are trying to lose weight, add more lean protein to your diet – jerky, nuts, seeds, and protein drinks that are low in sugar.  Stay away from processed foods.  If you are trying to gain lean muscle mass – add more calories to your diet with more protein, good fats, and carbohydrates that are not processed

9 – Shut Off The TV

Read a book, do research online for fitness routines, diet, exercise plans that will fit into your schedule, solicit help from others.  Make yourself better, smarter, stronger, and faster

10 – Stick It Out

There are many fitness routines and diets out there.  Find a plan that works for you and stick with it, when you start to get comfortable or it gets too easy, make a change to continue to push yourself.  The human body can endure things many of us can’t comprehend.  Unlock your potential, prepare and be STRONG – MENTALLY and PHYSICALLY!!!


Joel Jefferson

Joel is one of the original founders of SurvivalCache.com. After college, he joined the USMC where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains. Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping. Read his full interview here.