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  • Larry Lozon
    Physical Preparation for Events and a Re-Enacting Season __________ Looking from the outside, one might not think that ours is a very physically demanding
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 25, 2004
      Physical Preparation for Events and a Re-Enacting Season

      Looking from the outside, one might not think that ours is a very
      physically demanding hobby; but dealing with extended marches,
      carrying kit and accoutrements and dealing with the extreme vagaries
      of weather can all extract a physical toll. A little thought and
      planning can help to ensure that you have a comfortable, happy and
      healthy season!

      Pre-Season Work-Outs

      Just like athletes, a little effort to get into shape before a season
      helps to ensure your peak performance at events. Perhaps this sounds
      a little too zealous but think of how many times at an event that
      your line-mates are huffing and puffing or moaning about sore feet or
      sore backs?

      Face it, most of us now live a pretty sedentary lifestyle and it is a
      pretty radical shift to travel back nearly 200 years in time to when
      people were their own mode of transportation. That is they pretty
      much walked everywhere they had to go. When was the last time that
      you walked for more than ten minutes? Some preparation will help you
      get prepared for a season of events where we are trying to recreate
      the past and we are also walking, marching and standing through the
      course of a day.

      Try going for walks before the start of a season, or even throughout
      a season if there is some time between events and you are not
      physically active. Start slow and gradually ramp up the intensity of
      your "work-outs". To begin, go for a ten-minute walk at a leisurely
      pace. Within the next two days, go for a second walk also ten
      minutes in length but try increasing the tempo slightly. Again,
      within the next two days try another ten-minute walk at a more brisk

      Once you can comfortably walk for ten minutes at a brisk pace, try
      increasing the time. Add a minute every time you go for a walk and
      before you know it you will be surprised at how far you are going and
      how much distance you are covering.

      Also, try adding a weight load - wear a backpack with some weights in
      it or old books (anything that will make you work a little harder),
      try some walks in your re-enacting footwear (you also have to
      condition your feet to walking in shoes to which they are not used

      An alternate goal supported by walking could be weight loss. If you
      are striving for that svelte figure in a red coat, then you have to
      make sure that you increase both the length and intensity of your
      walks. For the first twenty minutes of a brisk walk, your body is
      working off the latent energy stored in your muscles. After twenty
      minutes, this energy has been expended and your body begins to
      consume fat as its source of energy. If weight loss is a goal then
      you have to work up your walks to a length in excess of 20 minutes.
      A brisk walk can be as good a workout as jogging without the rigorous
      demands on your knees, feet and back.

      Remember to ease your way into a workout routine. The biggest
      pitfall is to be too aggressive and to try to do too much the first
      time out. You end up feeling sore or with an injury and then there
      is no incentive to continue.

      Build a positive, comfortable routine and you will live a healthier
      life and will find yourself ready for the demands of the events of
      our season.

      Tom Fournier, #4141 Lance Corporal
      41st Regt. of Foot
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