It may not be obvious to people, but your health is an important to protecting yourself against violence.
- Being healthy and fit gives you a better chance of defending yourself.
- Being in good shape devalues in the eyes of many predators.
If you ever have the need to defend yourself, do you think you would have a better chance if you were overweight and weak or at a healthy weight with good strength and conditioning? Hopefully the answer to this question is obvious to you, being in shape makes it easier to defend your, or even run away from danger if the need rises.
“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general. ” – Mark Rippetoe
Being in shape sends a signal that you are able to do things, such as run or fight. Many predators want an easy target if you don’t look like an easy target then they will pass you by and wait for someone else. Devaluing yourself in the eyes of many predators is a good thing. Use it to your advantage.
Before starting any fitness program, be sure to speak with your doctor first. That said, what follows is personal opinion and should not be taken as professional advice.
First thing you should do is make sure you are eating right. What is eating right? Eat real food. A wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits (frozen if fresh is not available) and various types of meats. Mix up the meats just like the vegetables; chicken, pork, wild (not farm) fish, etc. Cook in olive oil or coconut oil, avoid oils from corn and seeds if possible.
For strength and conditioning, find something that you like to do and go for it. Ideally you want to mix things up with some resistance (i.e. strength) and some cardio for conditioning. For strength I suggest the big lifts such as squats, deadlifts, overhead press, and bench press. Be sure to get expert advice on how to do the lifts and pick up a copy of Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. Many people also enjoy doing Crossfit, so that is something you can look into as well as as the 70′s Big Strength and Conditioning program.