How Preppers Can Use Music to Train for Emergencies
ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, we’re going to discuss how the use of music can be beneficial to you as a training tool. When we are talking about “training,” this is an all-encompassing category to include all of the tasks you need for proficient survival readiness. Such tasks include (but are not limited to) exercise and weightlifting, hiking, meditation/relaxation, mental preparation before an event (such as a sporting competition), and while you’re writing or studying.
Music is proven to help increase focus and concentration, as well as improve your physical coordination, especially where you’re incorporating the music in the timing of your tasks. For a good introduction to the different beneficial effects of music, I recommend visiting this website: http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml. Pay close attention to these different categories, especially #4, “Music helps to work more productively.” This is the category that describes a great part of what you will need in terms of helping you accomplish physically demanding tasks.
You can increase your physiological and psychological ability to perform, as well as resist the drawbacks associated with pain, stress, and fatigue. You’ve heard the term “psyching yourself up,” right? The music will help you. Select the type of music you need for the task at hand.
When I write, I like to listen to light classical, just as a slight “background” sound, to help me relax without taking my mind’s focus off of the task at hand. When I lift it’s with something such as “AC/DC,” that kicks out a fast, strong pace with lots of energy and “pumps” me up mentally to do that extra set or that extra rep. When I am going to do some kind of sporting event or a challenging exercise for time, such as a run or a road march, I always listen to stuff beforehand that gets me in the mood to perform, and something I can think of while I’m performing the exercise.
The way to quantify if this works for you is to see it work: to make gains, to feel better about yourself and what you’re doing. There are times to relax and meditate, and you can accomplish this with light classical or instrumental music, or maybe even soft singing. Sounds of nature can be an excellent thing to listen to if you live in an urban or suburban environment, but believe me, I do have those types of CD’s to use in the “off” season in the dead of winter and such. It is just as important to learn how to relax and wind down as it is to work and train.
Find out for yourself what it is that works for you in these categories, and then set the music aside so that you will incorporate it into your routine and use it when you need it. You will see good results (especially when you lift weights or exercise). Music is a powerful tool in these areas. Don’t neglect any tool that will help you to perform and train even better. So, turn on those tunes as you fight that good fight, and find what works for you. JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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