Taking care of the body is very important when it comes to prepping (and should always be important all around!). When SHTF, being able to run, hike while carrying large amounts of weight, fight, lift, carry, work, etc a won’t do you much good if you’re out of shape. You can get in shape at home or join a gym. Whichever works best for you!
Today I re-enrolled at my local Golds Gym. I’ve been weight training off and on for over 4 years. In college I had access to the fitness centers. After I graduated I was enrolled at another gym for a few months until I lost my job. It’s been about 4 months since I’ve been at the gym, however, I have kept up with exercising at home. Now that I have a stable income I decided it’s time to go back.
This morning I got a complimentary fitness assessment and got a base reading of where I’m at currently.
Ravn’s Stats as of 2/7/2017
Body Fat %: 18
I’m excited to see where I’ll be a month from now. The trainer at the gym said that I’m what he calls a “hard gainer” and recommended I eat 6-8 meals a day. I have a few meals prepped already. Training really helps stimulate my appetite. He also recommended that I cut down on cardio to maybe 2 times a week for 3o minutes. I could be over-doing my cardio and burning off that hard earned muscle and setting myself back. He advised I gain about 15lbs. My goals are to gain that and then I’ll test myself with a weighted endurance hike in the spring.
A gym really works for me because it gets me out of the house and doing something constructive. Going to the gym while being trans can be nerve-wracking though. I pass as a man now, and so the locker room I use is the mens locker room. I feel a bit of nervousness about it but so far I’ve not encountered anything. Today I just used the entry way and changed my shoes. I show up already dressed for exercise. I know you shouldn’t wear your binder when exercising, but I don’t have anything else to wear to hide my chest. I really hope to get top surgery sometime in the near future. I’d like to be able to shower right away after a hard work-out, but I’m still unsure if that would be safe there. I do believe there are private showers. I’ll have to feel it out some more and figure out what time of day is the least volume in terms of busyness.
For some folks a gym isn’t really their atmosphere, and that’s okay! There are plenty of different ways to get in shape! Whether it’s doing more outdoor activities or exercising at home, there’s something for everyone.
When I work-out at home I use this doorway pull-up bar and resistance bands as well as some body weight exercises. The pull-up bar was a great investment for me because not only can you use it to do pull-ups, but you can use it for sit-ups, push-ups, and dips. Resistance bands are pretty inexpensive and there are numerous exercises you can do to really feel the burn.
On top of building your body you must fuel your body right too! I have cut alcohol completely from my diet, and four years ago I quit smoking. I continue to eat clean, but I do treat myself now and then. In the past I had restricted myself too much to where it was unhealthy.
I wrote an article about fitness and nutrition that got published in FTM Magazine: Embodiment and Empowerment through Exercise and Nutrition that goes through some of the things I do and eat. I also am an avid reader of this website: Muscle For Life.
Having a strong and healthy body is vital for living in the apocalypse or encountering any kind of emergency situation. If you can think through scenarios but your body doesn’t follow through with the kind of strength, endurance, stamina, and energy it needs, then your chance of survival diminishes. You could really endanger yourself and that of your party.
Until Next Time,
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” -Jim Rohn