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Bugging In? 5 Great Tools for Staying in Shape in Your Own Home

I don’t have to tell you that staying inside all day will put you on the fast track to flab town (I should know. I stay inside all day writing articles like this. You’re welcome).

kettlebellThere was a time not too long ago when “bugging out” was the darling of the prepper movement. Now? Not so much. More and more preppers are starting to realize that bugging out is a dangerous idea, and should only be done as a last resort. Hunkering down in your home with your supplies and staying under the radar is always better than becoming a refugee.

As for bugging in, it also presents its own challenges, albeit they are far less severe than trying to survive outside of civilization. I would imagine that chief among those challenges, would be staying sane and maintaining your health. Depending on the situation, hiding in your home wouldn’t be unlike prison. There may be times when going outside for any reason is too dangerous, and these situations may last for days or weeks at a time.

That means you’ll have to find ways of occupying your time and staying in good physical shape. I don’t have to tell you that staying inside all day will put you on the fast track to flab town (I should know. I stay inside all day writing articles like this. You’re welcome). You’ll need ways of burning off some steam that will also help you stay in the best shape you can be, and having some exercise equipment on hand will help you do that.

Granted, there are plenty of exercises that can keep you in shape and don’t require a gym membership, or equipment. But those are almost always aerobic in nature, and it’s easier get and stay strong when you have the right tools for the job. For preppers however, these tools should be affordable, portable, and simple. So skip the elliptical and take a look at these 5 exercise gadgets that you’ll be glad to have when your bugging in.

Resistance Bands

resistance band

They’re cheap, lightweight, and very safe to use (so long as they’re properly anchored). Resistance bands are also super versatile and can be used to work almost any muscle group. I’d also highly recommend them for anyone who isn’t in very good shape, and is just starting out on the road to fitness. Resistance bands are simply a great, low impact tool for achieving a basic level of fitness, before moving on to something harder.

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SKLZ Weighted Jump Rope

jump rope

Jump ropes are the epitome of simple and effective workout tools, and using one would be one of the best ways to get some cardio in a confined space. The only thing that’s better is getting a weighted rope like the SKLZ, which is something that most people don’t consider. Even though it only weighs a little more than a pound, based on personal experience I can tell you that it’ll have you huffing and puffing in no time.

Pull-Up Bar

pull-up bar

Pull-ups are a very special exercise. They’re so simple and yet they work so many different muscle groups. They’re also a very impressive feat, no matter what size you are. You could be a hulked out beast and still not be able to do more than a couple of reps. You can only get better at pull-ups by doing them, and size doesn’t necessarily matter.

And practicing them is a great way to build a well rounded physical form. If that’s something you’re interested it, I’d recommend investing in a solid pull-up bar that can fit in a door frame. They’re light, durable, and can be broken down into smaller pieces if space is an issue.

Ab Wheel

ab wheel

When Ab Wheels first came out, I think most people thought they were gimmicky. But after you try one out for the first time, it’ll put you in your place. This is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to build core strength, bar none.



When it comes to receiving an awesome workout without a room full of equipment, there is nothing better than a kettlebell. A lot of people think that they are just fancy dumbbells, but in reality, you can do things with kettlebells that you would never be able to with dumbbells. There are dozens of different kettle exercises out there that will not only build strength, but power and endurance as well, and they have a long proven pedigree. They’ve been making strongmen since the 1700’s.

I’d recommend starting out with a single small kettlebell, which should cost about the same price as most of the things on this list. If it’s something you enjoy and would like to explore further, then save yourself a lot of money and space and buy an adjustable kettle bell.

Bonus Entry:Boxing Gloves

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When your non prepper in-laws decide to show up at the last minute, hoping to weather out the storm in your bunker for a few weeks, you’ll thank me.


Related Articles:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

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Building Your Bugout Bag: The Complete Infographic Checklist

 The Prepper’s Conundrum: To Bug in or Bug Out?

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on April 16th, 2015

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