By Tom Brown, Jr.
It is important for the survivalist and the
outdoor's person to stay as fit as possible, not allowing himself to get
overweight or flabby. It is a good idea to walk or run several miles a day,
allowing your body to build endurance.
To the native American, a strong and healthy
body was a necessity. Hiking considerable distances with a 90-100 pound backpack
on your back, cutting wood daily as we do here on the farm - sometimes a cord of
wood a week, weightlifting to keep body tone, and using sweat lodges are great
ways of maintaining body tone and balance. Supplement a well balanced diet with
as much wild, edible foods as possible.
The more you can push yourself, the more you
exercise your body, the more time you spend with the elements, getting as much
time outdoors as you can, the better able you will be to go through a survival
situation. I also recommend running for great distances - not to the point of
collapse, but to the point where you know that your endurance is at its edge.
All these things aid in keeping yourself fit so that you can live a richer,
fuller life, in or out of a survival situation.