This isn’t about
“working out.” Working out is for stressed executives,
and former high school athletes trying to relive their
glory days. This is about training. The first
rule is to avoid injury. Whatever program you choose
shouldn’t hurt you. This is not about competition. Pain
and injuries to shoulders, knees, and lower backs are
epidemic in gyms. If you are new to training, or you
haven’t exercised in a while, know that almost anything
thing you do will get you better (assuming you don’t
hurt yourself) for about six to eight weeks. Then your
progress will stall. This can be okay depending on your
starting condition and the intensity of your program.
Ultimately, get out of
the house! A variety of exercises can be performed on a
daily basis that will work all the major muscle groups,
give you cardio to keep up your stamina, and you don’t
have to pay Biff at the gym to tell you how to do it.
You may even cross off a few things on your wife’s
“Honey-Do” list. Run around the yard and play with your
kids. Chase them around until they pee in their pants,
play hide and go seek with them, or challenge them to a
race. They will probably win, unless you trick them
by tying their shoelaces together. Go hiking or take
long walks with someone you enjoy spending time with and
that makes awesome trail mix. In the warmer months, get
out in the garden everyday if you can. Chop some wood
for yourself or offer to do it for someone else. Don’t
give in to the temptation to buy a riding mower unless
you have to mow a couple of acres or more.
After TEOTWAWKI, you will be walking a
lot. If you do nothing else, WALK!