It is pretty easy to get caught up in the act of packing bug out bags, stockpiling food and water and gathering basic supplies that will help you live after SHTF. Prepping is all about making sure you can survive with what you have. In a worst case scenario, you would have to bug out to safety. It isn’t like bugging out means you walk across the street. You are going to have to put some distance between you and whatever it is that has threatened your life.
In almost any scenario, bugging out is going to have to be done on foot. You aren’t going to have the luxury of jumping in the family car and driving away from disaster. You and about a million other people are all going to have the same idea in mind. Have you ever tried to drive home after attending a big concert or sporting event? It is chaos. You get nowhere fast. When you have the end of the world breathing down your neck, you can’t afford to sit in a traffic jam. You have to walk.
Could you physically walk 20 to 30 miles in the shape you are in now? Could you do it carrying your bug out bag or possibly even carrying your small child? If the answer is maybe, you are in trouble. You can’t just assume you will somehow find the energy and ability to do something so physically exhausting because you have to. You may be able to make it to your destination, but you are going to be drained.
You need to get in shape now. Quit spending your weekends on the couch watching survival shows. Get up and move. Walk around the block several times, go hiking, run on the high school track. You need to get your body into shape so you can walk and actually breathe when you are trying to survive. Don’t be the person who holds the rest of the group because you have to stop and catch your breath. GET IN SHAPE!