shark-attack

Another reason to put down the donuts and pick up the dumbbells: Being in shape may just help you survive a shark attack.

California triathlete Maria Korcsmaros is still recovering after a shark went all Jaws on her over Memorial Day Weekend. The 52-year-old personal trainer and aerobics instructor was training for an Ironman when she was attacked by what experts believe to be a great white, leaving her with a bite wound that stretches over the right side of her torso.

Due to her elite level of fitness, Korcsmaros was able to keep treading water until the rescue boat reached her, post-shark-chomp.

Doctors credit Korcsmaros’s athleticism for her ability to survive the brutal incident. Due to her elite level of fitness, she was able to keep treading water until the rescue boat reached her, post-shark-chomp. Experts say her physical fitness may have saved her life.

Korcsmaros’s Twitter bio reads, “My motto is ‘Live Long & Strong,’ ” and thanks to her many dedicated hours in the gym, she will be able to.

So, join a gym and get on that treadmill—and follow these training tips from Made Man contributor and fitness expert Jay Cardiello—and you too can survive a shark attack!

Or just stay out of the water.

Either way.

For more tips for surviving a shark attack, go here.