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  1. Do it! 2 survive…
    In feed lots before slaughter animals are confined and over fed.
    Here, we think physical work and weak mind are synonymous ~ all the while being over fed non-nutritious filler food from the grocer, the media and benevolent overseers.
    Any similarities are strictly coincidental. Nothing to see here – keep your head down and keep eating.

  2. Besides being a competitive runner at 70+, one of my goals the past few years has been to learn to be able to pretty much keep moving all day long with housework and yard work, sorting etc., because I believe that sitting around reading, talking on the phone or watching TV will be a thing of the past and we must all be prepared to do a lot more physical work than we are used to. We also hang the clothes outside and do the dishes by hand. We do not want to go into physical “shock” if it all goes down, plus we feel better and sleep better. We clean the screens, polish all the furniture, clean the window sills so that we will be ready for whatever is coming.

  3. The 5 x 5 fitness app is really good in my opinion. Simple workout, slow progression. I have been following it for a few weeks and enjoy it. I do need to add more cardio, after a 20 year career in the Army and now 16 years out I really don’t enjoy running like I use to.

    1. I don’t run at all anymore although sometimes I consider taking it up again.

      I do not think it is necessary if you do not like it. I recommend walking as it is one of the most basic and useful human activities. And one of the most important for survival in normal or emergency times.

  4. I’m walking enough to be getting blisters on the balls of my feet, which shuts down most activity until it heals and this puts me right back where I started. any advice on how to avoid this?

    1. 1. You might need to back off a little and let your feet adapt. In any of this stuff do not push too hard to fast. I cover that in parts 3 and 4. A basic principle is you cannot get stronger when you are injured. At least not at the activity you that injured you.

      2. You might need different shoes/boots and/or insoles.

      3. I have used sock liners for hiking that reduce the friction. I would discuss this with someone at a good show store.

      4. Possibly all the above.

    2. Blisters are caused by friction between your feet and shoes. Your shoes don’t fit properly,get properly fit(remember the old metal shoe sizing machine?),you can even have different sized feet,get both measured. Til your feet harden you can reduce friction by layering socks-a thin,dress type sock under a heavier work/athletic sock can do wonders(common trick for forced marches(20 mi with full pack) in USMC),if you get a “hot spot”/preblister cut moleskin to cushion and prevent it getting worse and foot powder to keep feet dry . Good luck

    3. In the 25th Infantry stationed at Hawaii, with wet feet and long road march miles, 6 to 12/day, I developed blisters.

      An infantry trick to allow your feet to recover to and toughen up was to first put on ankle-high nylons. Then put your boot socks over that.

      Another tip was to really tighten up my boot laces. Some footgear just flat does not fit well and the rubbing with every step will never cease the blistering effect.

      Hope those two tips help. God Bless

  5. I’m walking enough to get blisters on the balls of my feet, which shuts me down until they can heal and puts me right back where I started. any advice on how to avoid this?

    1. Perhaps a little more specifics.

      If whatever your walking regimen is right now is giving you blisters, I would consider cutting it in half for a week perhaps after the current blisters heal. The next week, if your feet feel good, increase by perhaps 10%. The next 10% more and so forth. If you need to back off more to begin with, do it. Just don’t quit.

      Also you can try inserting rest days to allow for recovery. Or light days.

      Slow steady patience wins the fitness race. This applies to all aspects of it.

      And as I said before, check your footwear.

      I should also ask. Do you have diabetes or anything that compromises wound healing? If so, you need to speak to your doctor. Wounds on diabetics can be quite dangerous if not treated properly.

      1. I keep hitting post and then thinking more of your question.

        If your feet are not well adapted to walking and you are walking up and down hills, particularly on trails, you may want to spends more time on flat smooth surfaces for a while and introduce the rougher up and down hill surfaces slowly. I find that down hills can be particularly brutal when not ready for them.

        Some people also lose some or all of the pad on the ball of there foot as they get older putting pretty much bone on skin and causing issues. This can be overcome with good insoles, typically gel. If you think this applies to you, this is another case where you should probably speak with a doctor.

  6. won’t quit, gotta lose weight, down 79 and 43 more to go. got back on my bike today, 7 miles and no blister stress at all, think I’ll split my walk time into walking and biking now. also the blisters appeared after wearing the same socks for 16 hours and then walking 4 miles in summer heat, gotta remember change socks twice a day.

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