Self-Defense 101: Physical Fitness for Safety


By Travis Johnson –

Despite the fact that we live in a safe community, we still have the responsibility to ourselves to be aware of things around us and to protect ourselves at all times. Keeping our own safety in mind, it’s always great to be prepared for anything that can happen, no matter where we are. Preparation is the key.  If you are prepared, you have a better chance of not being caught off guard.

Be Aware

First and foremost, being aware of your surroundings is the first step to protecting yourself. Women especially need to watch their surroundings due to the fact that predators often target women who are out and about alone.  Also, try to keep your hands free. Keeping your hands occupied could make it harder for you to fight back. Make sure you exude confidence. If you walk with assurance, predators are more likely to think that you will fight back. Be confident as to not look like an easy target.

Be Fit

Physically, it’s very important to make sure that you and your body are ready for anything and everything. Physical fitness is vital when it comes to self-defense. If you are stronger, you can hit harder.  If you are faster, you are able to run away better.  By being stronger, faster and more fit, you will not only be better at protecting yourself, but you will also feel good about yourself and exude the confidence to ward off potential attacks.

Eat Healthy

In addition to being physically fit, another main ingredient in the recipe of being healthy is incorporating the right balanced diet.  On a daily basis, eating regular meals that are balanced with carbs, fat and protein, as well as a couple of healthy snacks, will aid in you being fit and ready to protect yourself. By maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, you will be able to maintain your muscle, which is very beneficial in self-defense. You will also have the energy you need to take care of yourself in any situation.

Self-Defense Exercises

When it comes to self-defense, there are exercises that are important to help you be prepared. The main goals you should try to achieve in the event that you must protect yourself are cardiovascular strength for stamina and maintaining a healthy, fit body.

Being prepared for the unexpected is the key to self-defense.  Make sure you are physically fit to protect yourself by doing  these few exercises. If you are serious about your self-preservation skills – and you should be –  then you need to be serious about your physical health. There are no magic pills! It takes hard work through fitness and nutrition.