People usually do not consider hunting fitness in their preparations before the big game hunting sessions. A hunter can be equipped with a modern bow or rifle, most updated gear, and gadgets, but when he is not fit, all the equipment will be wasteful.
This fitness article is intended for both types of hunters: the less hardcore and the athlete. There are also some drills videos below to make sure to take you to your next level. We are experienced athlete hunter and competitive runner and we sure know how to be healthy and fit for your hunting trips!
We already know that to improve the probability of catching an elk, we must get far away from main roads. But as we go deep far from the road, the gravity and terrain will demand more from your bodies, especially when you moving a huge elk if successful.
Heart Attack and Injury
Unfit hunters will put themselves into vulnerability with a heart attack. When they hunt in high altitudes the oxygen level will become lower which limits the amount needed for their muscles and heart. The amount of work in hunting and moving a huge animal is a relentless test for your heart muscle. Fitness practices will increase your efficiency of receiving more oxygen when you need it.
According to doctors’ recommendations, on a hunting trip where rescue forces are not anywhere near when you have heart attacks in the middle of the woods, your aerobic fitness may become a life-saving problem.
The fitter your heart is, the more enjoyment and safety you will get from an elk hunting trip. The sounds and sights of elk hunting trips outside in the country are serene and breathtaking, but it will become an ugly memory for the unfit hunters whose bodies are sore and aching with a poor determination.
In the preparations for your fitness plan, consider your total strength, not only your feet. People often forget this, but “endurance strength” and “balance strength” often contribute a huge role in endurance events like big game hunting.
At your 20s, 30s, your body growth hormone level slows to an end of production. You still can have that youth strength, but you have to put more work at your strength. There are two science-proven methods of produce muscle mass when your growth hormone level runs out: eating more protein at your breakfast and training the muscle.
The core strength improves your balance, meaning you will use less energy. The body strength, both core or overall, increases the movement efficiency in long trips on rough terrains. Being fit also helps your recovery from injuries faster.
Carrying all day all the types of equipment required for hunting will burn out more calories you would think, even before you get to the real game. Should try to lighten your backpack so that you can hold your bow or rifle steady with focus and do not get your shoulders tired.
Being your fitness routine by putting a foot on your behind the other while carrying the equal weight as you will bring on the trips if possible. Start with only short distances first then increase the distance later. The practice will be more realistic if you could find a place with the similar terrain you are going to hunt on.
Practicing for fitness by walking will definitely prepare, to a great extent, your leg, lungs and your heart muscles. But there also other “strength specific” routines you can combine to the session which will immensely enhance the hunting strength. These routines will make cutting delicate terrain easier to go through for long days and periods ahead because efficiency and balance will increase with aerobic fitness.
Big-game hunters must know how to prepare for walking in long periods in sloping terrains. Elk usually does not live in flat surfaces waiting for the hunters showing up.
A hunter’s thighs and calves can be soon tired and demand some rest if they have not been trained enough to deal the amount of extended strain while going uphill, the rough conditions of going down or carrying meat back on the back.
Your legs muscles can even be adapted to tremendous pressure if you walk on a slant, there are also specified routines for hunting trips that can prepare you for that without the need of a real hill. Prepare to avoid yourself from being overuse injury when walking through deep snow.
Keep doing a lot of different exercises every two days. Start with bench step-ups and stair stepping.
Fitness with Simplicity
There are quick and free methods of improving hunting fitness in your living room without expensive equipment while you are watching the news, your favorite channel or a movie.
Change your legs down and up alternately on the stair stepper, but do not overdo it. Always listen to the body. If your body begins to tell you to stop, just stop and put it your timetable on another day. If you are already familiar with it, you could probably start with 10 or 15 minutes after a time of building up.
Step up Tall Bench
Stepping up a tall bench with an improvised height is more challenging than simple step exercises. But it’s a very crucial routine specific to hunting fitness on the hills and mountains. Add this to your routine after weeks of time spending on stair steps and walking.
The only equipment you will need is a dining room chair or a stable-type bench. Three is the number of sets you should start with at the beginning with ten steps each leg on each set, but you can always try a more lighted start then build up later to prevent from being sore.
While you are stepping up a leg, move the other leg knee up until floor should be parallel to your thighs. With practices, you will improve your balance with your arms being used as counterweights. A wall used for the balance might be needed at first.
Doing a complete set before switching. Begin simply with these exercises first, build up your routines and be careful with soreness. The part two of this article will cover the remaining exercises for your other muscles.