For most of us, hunting season is right around the corner. And if, like me and many other hunters, you haven’t done anything to prepare yourself physically, now is the time to get motivated and get in shape. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t end up like the hunter above:
1. Just Get Started:
Like so many other things, most hunters put off getting physically ready until it is too late. Start today! You don’t have to run a marathon, but put on your boots, shoulder your pack, and take a hike. Today you may only go a short distance, but by hunting season you will be ready to hit the trail.
2. Get Outside:
Most of us belong to a gym or some form of athletic facility. We hit the treadmill, the stair climbers, and the bikes and figure that this will get us ready for the upcoming season. I have made this mistake too many times. While this type of activity is great for cardio fitness, it many times is a non-weight bearing exercise. Nothing will substitute for finding a hill close to home, and spending time climbing it. Emulate your actual hunting area, and you will have greater results.
3. Do Some Lifting:
Most hunters focus on cardio training for those long hikes in to the back country. But anyone who has ever bent over an elk to skin or gut it will testify to the toll it rapidly takes on a hunter’s back. Solve that by mixing in some weight lifting in your schedule to strengthen those back muscles. Bent over rowing is a great way to prepare for the tasks that will most certainly await all hunters this season.
4. Find a Partner:
Very few hunters hunt alone. Get your partners involved and track your progress. Most hunters are competitive by nature, and that sense of competition will make your preseason routine easier and more meaningful. You don’t want to be the guy that gets left in camp because they can’t keep up.
There are many other means and methods to prepare yourself physically for the upcoming season. Go to our new forum page and add your own for the benefit of all the members. Remember, time in the field is a gift……savor it!
Until next time, Happy Hunting!