The Self-Initiative Project
How Physical Fitness Fits Into Your Personal Safety and Preparedness Plan

How Physical Fitness Fits Into Your Personal Safety and Preparedness Plan

November 30, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 44, How Physical Fitness Fits Into Your Personal Safety and Preparedness Plan

How important is physical fitness during a self-defense encounter? Very.

This episode we talk about the differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise and how anaerobic is key in self-defense scenarios.

We discuss the benefits of exercise and go well beyond the usual points of losing weight and building muscle; and we give some tips and points on how you can get started or re-started if it has been a while for you.

Additionally, we try to make this episode a little interactive by giving you homework assignments including an exercise challenge to help jump things off for you.

If you take the initiative, you will also learn more about things like:

  • Organs for managing glucose
  • VO2 Max
  • EPOC
  • ATP energy
  • Where endorphins come from
  • What the Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for
  • And much, much more

If you have any interest in your own personal safety, this is an episode you will not want to miss.

And remember, push to progress...

Thanks for listening.

Safety Considerations For Vendors of All Types

Safety Considerations For Vendors of All Types

October 30, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 43, Safety Considerations For Vendors of All Types

Whether you have garage or yard sales, work at a flea market or an arts & crafts fair, you sale at a farmers' market, or you are a street vendor, this podcast is for you.

We cover the 3 main areas of keeping things locked down, the importance of a heightened sense of situational awareness, and some tips on how to better handle cash when in public.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Personal Safety For The Disabled

Personal Safety For The Disabled

March 26, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 36, Personal Safety For The Disabled

This episode Denis Haynes returns again to chat about personal safety for the disabled and what it may be like for those that find themselves in a more vulnerable state.

Having a disability may be permanent for some, temporary for others, and may even vary from day-to-day for yet others. However, having a disability or handicap does not mean you have to be less safe than anyone else.

What can you do to better ensure your personal safety when you have a disability or handicap?

We talk about several things anyone with a disability (AND their caretakers) can do.

Thanks for listening.

How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

January 27, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 34, How to Better Avoid, Respond, and Recover If It Does Happen

If you go back and listen to Podcast 33, It Will Never Happen to Me, you will be better prepared for this episode.

We revisit to stories told in 33 and talk about somethings that could have helped the individuals better avoid, respond, and recover from the events we talked about

We cover a lot of tips and pointers in this episode and leave you with 3 main pieces of advise.

Thanks for listening.

It Will Never Happen to Me

It Will Never Happen to Me

December 21, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 33, It Will NEVER Happen to Me

Think so? Apathy or optimism bias may have some people under their spells. No matter the cause, here are six stories to the contrary in this episode including:

  • An active-duty Marine robbed at gun point
  • A 16 year old babysitter dealing with a drunk neighbor with a shotgun
  • A personal vehicle broken into and items taken even though parked under street light and with doors locked
  • And more...

Learn if they saw it coming, would they have ever expected something like it to have happened to them, what they might have done differently, and how has it effected how they go about their personal safety.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Safety While Hiking and Camping

Safety While Hiking and Camping

October 28, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 31, Safety While Hiking and Camping

The woods and the mountains are the places I find my Zen. Camping is something I have always enjoyed doing, including the occasional hike or backpacking trip. Spending time outdoors can be spiritually relaxing.

There are several aspects to being safer while hiking and camping too; and this episode we talk about several of them. We cover topics from the importance of carrying a basic trauma kit to handling blades of various types to why it is important we stay on the trails to the potential impacts if we do not keep our distance from the wildlife. We also talk about the importance of practicing situational awareness, listening to our intuition, and even proper fire management.

There are even some crazy stories in the mix as well.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Safety for the Elderly and Aging

Safety for the Elderly and Aging

September 29, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 30, Safety for the Elderly and Aging

Join us for this episode where we talk about safety and security for the elderly and aging.

It is not pleasant to think about those we know and love getting old and likely becoming dependent again on others; but it is something we all likely will deal with at some point in our lives.

We talk about safety concerns for the aging adults in our lives and things to be on the lookout for. We give practical tips and advice based on experiences we have had and some closest to us.

We talk about the prevalence of falls and what we can do to mitigate those hazards and many other relevant topics. We learn the importance of being present and involved, the place for empathy, and practical tips to help make those in our lives who are getting older more safe and secure.

Thanks for listening.

Realities of Violence with Randy King

Realities of Violence with Randy King

August 31, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 29, Realities of Violence with Randy King

Randy King, of KPC Self Defense and Randy King Live, joins us from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where we talk about all things self-defense, including many of the fallacies students face.

We talk about the reality of knife attacks, the fact that 70% of what women will actually face is with a known assailant, and that most folks may not even be capable of dialing 911 under duress. Additionally, Randy talks about the importance of meeting people where they are in their journey to learn more about self-defense and keeping themselves and their loved-ones safer.

We also talk about his program, Realities of Violence, that everyone is likely to benefit from with information and data to make them think and potentially keep them much safer.

Randy and I discover we might actually be kindred spirits in that he also believes education and information is as, if not more, important than physical skills when it comes to self-defense and personal safety. And we have both sold electronics in our former lives!

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Your Personal Safety During a Pandemic

Your Personal Safety During a Pandemic

August 10, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 28, Your Personal Safety During a Pandemic

Your personal safety AND your health are your responsibility, now more than ever.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The importance of knowing basic first-aid and trauma care
  • The changes with 911 and what you need to be prepared for
  • Scams through text, email, and phone calls
  • Your children potentially being targeted through video chats
  • Basics on how to deal with rioting and civil unrest
  • The overall importance of avoidance, getting away, keeping those egos in check, and listening to your intuition

COVID-19 (coronavirus) and this pandemic has brought some new challenges. Are you ready? We aim to give you some information to help you through these times.

Thanks for listening.

What is Asphalt Anthropology?

What is Asphalt Anthropology?

June 30, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 27, What is Asphalt Anthropology?

This episode we talk to Beverly Baker of Metropolitan Finishing School to talk about her program, Asphalt Anthropology. One thing is for sure, Beverly's finishing school has nothing to do with holding your tea cup...

We talk about there being more to personal safety and self-defense than just the physical aspects. We talk about the importance of understanding how criminals think and what they look for. We mention the importance of de-escalation and setting boundaries as well as where de-escalation may not be appropriate; and we also talk about how it is OK to be rude when you need to be.

It is mentioned again how important listening to your intuition is and how carrying yourself in the right way can help you avoid many potentially bad situations. Beverly makes the point that paying attention to your surroundings has nothing to do with being paranoid or being fearful. It has to do with improving one's situational awareness; and you can do that by simply engaging with your environment and being more curious.

We talk about how compassion can have a place the self-defense world. Discerning between the need to defend yourself or getting away and potentially listening to your gut when you see someone that may need help in a difficult situation.

We learn it is important to recognize that in self-defense there is not one solution that works for everyone and that you need to find the classes and the training you feel solves the issues you believe are relevant to you. Beverly also reminds us it is pretty easy to avoid becoming a victim just by taking some really easy steps, i.e. avoiding that argument someone was trying to start with you or locking your doors.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

 

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