Like it or not, there’s a correlation between your level of health and the amount of adventuring you can do. Endurance is key when it comes to hiking, running, climbing, cycling – pretty much anything that doesn’t happen within the virtual realm of a PlayStation. As such, we’re going to be discussing personal health and fitness as an integral part of our adventure theme.
Will I be harping on it? Not at all. In fact, you’re more than welcome to ignore the health and fitness articles entirely. As time goes on, we’re going to be traveling to places and tackling activities that require a good base-level of health, so I would be doing my readers a disservice by ignoring the subject entirely. I can’t help but think about the myriad websites about survival and disaster preparation that make this mistake. They talk about shelter, fire, water – and of course, have page after page about firearms – but neglect the fact that if you can’t survive climbing a flight of stairs, you’re not going to survive the apocalypse. No amount of guns or gear can change the limits of what your own body can handle.
He might not be able to climb a mountain, but he can move it out of the way.
Now, I’m going to make this easier on my readers by coming clean about my own level of personal fitness. At the time of this writing, I’m pretty out of shape. I’ve spent the last two years building up my media business and freelance writing. That means a lot of 12 hour days behind a computer and a lot of takeout food. I’ve probably packed on 30 pounds of dead weight, and as of six weeks ago, my endurance was garbage.
I wasn’t always this way, of course. The Marine Corps did a good job of getting my endurance up, and after I returned to civilian life, I became sort of a health nut. I ran five miles every morning, cooked most of my own meals, lifted weights five times a week, and even took yoga classes. I could do over 100 pull ups at a time and I actually had abs.
Between the limitations of my career and the fact that I’m no longer 25 years old, I don’t expect do go back to that level of health. The thing is that we’re not after abs. If you have them – or manage to get them – that’s fantastic, but what we’re going to worry about is practical fitness and usable strength. And that means no crazy diets or gym memberships. It means awareness, activity, and steady progress.
What we’re going to talk about is the simple stuff; small changes that amount to useful results.