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  1. Biggest 'survivalist' I know...

    Well, the person that I consider the biggest "survivalist" type I know happens to also be the "biggest" person I know.

    Although in his case, it truly is a "can't lose weight for anything" level. He isn't fast per se, but he can run or jog for a lot further than I can! (He's 6 foot, 400+ pounds, I'm 6 foot, 200 pounds.) And I bicycle commute most days, so I'm not exactly in bad shape myself. (Who the f&@! decided that 185 pounds was "overweight" at 6 foot? really? I feel like a beanpole when I'm at 185!)

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  3. survival fitness

    During the Falkland war in 1982, low body fat British commandoes needed more calories to maintain their energy than their "fatter" fellow soldiers. Commandoes who ran out of food also ran out of energy, whereas the regular soldiers who had a higher body fat percentage were able to maintain a higher operational ability. This info came from after action reports I read during my active duty time while serving with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Ft Bliss Tx. The point being that the extra weight on a somewhat in shape person helps keep him/her going when food intake is diminished. Couch commandoes probably will not qualify as somewhat in shape. And the stress of being overweight coupled with the situation might put him down early. I frequent gun shows and have noticed the same thing. At 62 I am very much aware of the extra wt I am carrying. It just doesn't seem to come off as easy as it did at 40 or even 50.

  4. I couldn't agree with you (and others) more about the need to maintain a fat reserve. I remember from long marches in the military that the guys with the washboard abs were among the first to begin stumbling. That's why I'm going for 225. At that weight I'll still have enough fat to pinch between my fingers, but not so much that it hangs down and polishes my belt buckle when I run.

    Oh, and I didn't join one of those so-called boot camp plans that have become so trendy. I'm simply doing the types of exercises we did in the military. A lot of stretching, pushups, chinups, situps, dips, lunges, etc. I follow that up with either a twenty minunte jog or a one-hour walk.

    I'd join a gym and hire a trainer, but I'd rather spend the money on bullets.

  5. There's one major difference between my exercise now as opposed to when I was a young guy in the military. Then, I would look forward to a cold beer and a night of carousing after my run. Now, my mind can only focus on the iced tea and aspirin that's waiting back home.

  6. Get in shape, stay in shape

    I'm 59 yrs old, 6'2", 210 lbs. I hold black belts in two styles. I work out 40 minutes daily, and go to the gym once a week for a one hour workout. Every day I do 50 pushups (nonstop), 150 crunches/situps in 3 sets, 50 squats, and some other stuff. I hope to keep doing this (or more) daily as long as I live and am able. The older you get, the harder it is to keep the weight off. I should weigh 195-200, for example, but life intervenes. I just can't squeeze out the time to do the 12 hours weekly I used to do.
    The most important thing is consistency. Don't work out hard once every two weeks. Do what you can, but do it every day. When it gets easy to do 15reps, start doing 20, etc. The number isn't as important as the consistency. I find that doing my routine when I first get up is the only way to be sure I will get it done every day. If I wait until after breakfast, it won't happen. Congratulations on your decision to get in shape. Stick with it! You'll be glad you did, and so will your wife.

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    Break out the old medicine ball and give it some throws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeYukon View Post
    To me, being fit means being able to cover distances on foot, clear obstacles, and exert force at any given time.
    You mean running? I never could run. Not even as a child. The boys said I ran like a girl and that made the girls mad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Hurtley View Post
    (Who the f&@! decided that 185 pounds was "overweight" at 6 foot? really? I feel like a beanpole when I'm at 185!)
    Good question. I'm 6' 2" and have seen charts that said I should be under 185. No way. I've been as high as 250 a decade or so ago. Except for going to a gym for about two years (last time was over two years ago), the only exercise I get is walking. Sometimes not much but today I walked 7 miles rather than drive to see my insurance agent. Four years ago (at age 66) I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and, the next day hiked out again.

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    I try to stay in good shape. Being AD helps b/c I still have to pass the PT test. I've been an Amateur bodybuilder for the past few years but had to give up some of the lifting due to a herniated disc... I still do cardio 4-5 days a week in the morning for 30 minutes and lift weights 3-4 days a week after work. On the weekends I will go shooting up in the mts, which the way I do it it's a workout... or we'll go hiking as a family, throw in some camping, or we'll take our duaghter to the zoo which ends up being a 2 mile walk.

    I can jog 3 miles without stopping with no gear on, about 2 miles with a vest on(simulated gear)... I can do about 50 sit-ups without stopping, about 60 push-ups, and around 25 pull-ups. I weigh about 212 but would lke to be an even 200... I'd like to see ALL my abs again, lol.

    I think fitness will be very important... but that doesn't mean you have to be ripped. You'd actually want some body fat in case you can't eat for a week but survive.
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  10. Thanks. Lots of great ideas from so many people. The medicine ball is something I need to check out.

    And I hope no one thinks I'm trying to tell them how to exercise. I'm merely talking about what has worked for me.

    For example; running. I was never a great runner. But I like to be able to do at least a couple of miles. To me it's more important that I can walk a long ways. Because if it hits the fan, we'll probably all be wearing out a lot more shoe leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeYukon View Post
    There's one major difference between my exercise now as opposed to when I was a young guy in the military. Then, I would look forward to a cold beer and a night of carousing after my run. Now, my mind can only focus on the iced tea and aspirin that's waiting back home.
    ha, well said!
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