From time to time people ask me, “what is the most important prep?” This is a tough one to answer and one that is debated in all prepper circles. You know everyone has their own opinion, some opinions are logical and based on good solid points, while others are based on experience and knowledge. Even some opinions are just emotional responses on what makes them feel better.
For me, the most important prep has been through an evolution of sorts. Most of my life I’ve had this overwhelming drive to be prepared. I have worked through all types of prepping projects, from alternative energy, to backup power, food preservation, water and tactical security just to name a few. I found myself, after all these years and projects, to be out of shape and way over weight.
I functionally follow the rule of 3’s, which gives me an organized approach and a means to good conversations with others. When my family and I started digging into to the homesteading life, the physical work started to become a problem. So this forced me to think about how important my physical and mental health is to preparedness and this self-reliant life we created. Also, specifically, could I actually carry my huge bug out bag three miles, five miles or more, if needed. The answer then was NO! I thought a lot about this, when do I find the time to get in shape and how do I do it?
That answer came when my son left for Marine boot camp at Parris Island. I thought about him all the time, as most parents would. I wanted to connect with him in some way. So, I started to run around the homestead. Initially, I didn’t care how far I ran, I just counted the number of laps around the goats and chickens. Out of that came this feeling of readiness and self control. I continued to run and count my laps. Now after nearly two years of running all types of terrain and distances, I can honestly say I can carry that bug out bag as long as needed. Also, along with the running and physical improvements, came greatly improved mental health. I’m thinking much more clearly and I’m burning a lot of that crazy stuff called stress.
Now, running isn’t for everyone. My point to all of this, is that your body is one of your most important preparedness tools/resources. It deserves to be on your list of the most important preps.
One thing to note, if running is something you want to try out, invest in a good pair of running shoes. Your knees will love you for it.
The running shoes I love are ASICS Kayano 22’s… Below are a couple links.