Are you fit for hunting season?

The start of fall means one thing to some! Hunting Season! The sport of all sports to some men and women! The rush, the excitement, as they prep for the long hours spent outdoors waiting for that perfect shot. But even with the best base layers, firearms, and gear you still can be unprepared. Are you fit for hunting season?

Hunting Season

Hunting Season

Okay so the average hunter doesn’t need to be in tip top shape. You don’t need to be ready for a marathon or able to bench 200 lbs., however you might want to up your cardio routine to get in good enough shape to at least walk out to your tree stand with out collapsing!

Tree Stand

Tree Stand

If you’re not hiding in a tree stand then you’re out walking around the forest. In the beginning of hunting season the weather cooperates for a bit. You’ll just be shuffling through leaves, but as winter approaches snow is sure to fall. This will make your walking more difficult and tiring. A great cardio routine will strengthen your legs, and strengthen your heart, making a tough hunt into an easier one. You’ll find yourself doing laps around all your buddies who decided not to get fit.

What better way to train for climbing into a tree stand than the stair climber. They’re available at most gyms or you can buy one second hand for a reasonable price. The repetitive motion of climbing stairs at various speeds will have you in shape in no time.  This burns major calories and even though your legs will feel like rubber after, trust me that it’s all worth it! You’ll be going up and down in your tree stand faster than a jack rabbit. You’ll feel great and you won’t be out of breath either.

After hours of walking or waiting in the tree stand your efforts have paid off. Time to go gather your reward, the game you’ve been hunting for! Most hunters drag their prize to either their truck, 4-wheeler, house or cabin. This definitely takes muscle! A buck, elk, or even that elusive black bear can be quite heavy to drag. Strengthening your arms will definitely benefit you. Prior to hunting season start weight training with some free weights, it’s a great way to build muscle in your arms and even hands. If you don’t have a gym membership or weights at home there are many different ways to pump it up! For example, fill up two milk jugs with water and start lifting!

Free Weights

Free Weights

Being in shape for hunting season will keep you healthy and safe. Stretching will improve flexibility, and with flexibility comes the ability to have better footing on slippery hills, grass, or even wet leaves. Before starting your pre- hunting workout regimen, make sure you’re approved by your doctor to do so. You wouldn’t want to injure yourself before you get to experience your high from hunting this season!

With a new improved you, you’ll be hunting like a pro, and tagging that first hunt of the season proudly and in great shape.