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Hunter Fitness Preparation 2019
February 18, 2019
Prepare Your Body for the Hunt
How far do you want to go this fall? How hard do you want to hunt? No matter how far and deep in the mountains or woods you plan to hunt, it will probably be an athletic endeavor to some degree.
I'm 62 and I still hunt as hard, or harder than I ever have! I'm now a retired competitive marathon runner, so I now train hard to simply be able to continue do whatever I want to do with my body. My goals are as demanding as ever.
Even if you do "easy" hunts, you'll probably still be moving your body in ways you usually don't! That's a set up for an injury to happen.
Anytime you do something with your body that you're not used to doing regularly, there is a high risk of "too much too soon" injuries.
Here's an example from my own recent experience. I always run distance 4 or 5 days a week. It's been busy for us this winter, so my strength training (core, upper and lower body) was being done only once or twice a week. That keeps me at a maintenance through the winter.
But, two things happened. I got the flu and did almost no strength training for 3 weeks. First, I went right back to the training without starting gradually. Secondly, I cut, moved and split over a cord of wood all in one day. That was a set up for injury.
I am nursing a shoulder injury because of it. I'm confident that it will heal up, but it cost me time in training. I'll be focusing on upper body training with one arm today! I figure if I lost one arm, I'd figure out a way to work out.
Here's the take away point: Training properly will help you prevent injuries, if done right. It can cause injuries and set you back, if done wrong. Avoid "too much too soon" by gradually building up.
Increase your training gradually until you reach the level that will keep you from "too much too soon" injuries caused by doing things you don't normally do. Maintain it year around, no matter what your age.
"Too old for that", is usually just not true. When I hear people say that, the reality is often that they let themselves go as they got busy with life and blame it on "age". The reality is lack of fitness training through the years, resulting in loss of muscle mass, coordination, balance and endurance. Particularly what I like to call "endurance strength". You CAN add muscle mass, even beyond 70 and 80 years old.
Until about 25 years of age, there are three ways to develop muscle mass. 1. Growth hormones add muscle mass regardless of activity level. 2. Using your body adds muscle mass. The more you do, the more you add. 3. A high protein breakfast adds muscle mass, even without exercising!
Growth hormone starts to decrease about the age of 21, until it no longer adds muscle mass by itself. That leaves us with two ways to build muscle mass. Exercise and breakfast with 2-3 ounces of quality protein.
I just had a pile of bacon for breakfast, but don't count that as protein. It's mostly fat. My egg provided the protein this moring. A big pile of blueberries, milk, and a slice of toast rounded out the balanced breakfast. If you skip breakfast, your skipping one way to actually build muscle mass without even working out!
Exercise is the most effective way to stay fit and keep muscle mass. A fit body is like a well cared for lawn. It stays that way as long as you care for it, but it withers and goes to pot fast without continual care!
Train this week for next week and next week for the following. Staying fit (and successful living) is like breathing. The last breath you took is no longer important. Your next breath is the only one that counts. It's never a one and done deal!
Fitness just doesn't last without maintenance. Don't keep starting over every year before hunting season. That's a good way to get injured.
There are plenty of ideas for fitness plans floating around on the internet. I've been learning about and putting training regimines into practice successfully for many decades. I have put some of my hunting fitness drills and exercises here on ElkHuntingTips.Net: Hunting Fitness
I'm a registered dietitian and a sports nutritionist. My motivation was always for training to run competitive marathons and to be able to hunt hard, to move fast (when necessary) and long each year during hunts. Much of my hunting success comes from being able to get ahead of long-legged elk where I know they are moving to.
I'm now focused on staying fit for life, so I can hunt and do whatever else I want to do with zeal and gusto! I believe life should be a blast! But, that requires fitness to do the things I want to do.
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