Fitness Tips to Become a Better Hunter
- Define your goal
Don’t set a goal, define it. Often times the generic New Year’s resolution is to ‘get healthy’ or ‘lose weight’, but what does that mean?
For example: If I ask 10 different people “What does getting fit mean to you?” I should be able to get 10 different answers. Does it mean losing 30 pounds? Run a marathon? Deadlift 500 lbs.? Increase your daily intake of fruits and veggies, etc.? As you can see we just say we want to ‘get healthy’ and even though we have good intentions, the goals are very vague. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to know what you want to accomplish and the steps that will get you there.
- Develop a plan
Create a systematic approach with a timeline and sub goals to reach along the way…I realize it sounds tedious, but it makes all the difference in helping you remain focused. Let’s say you have a back country elk hunt planned for next fall, and you will be hiking a lot of treacherous terrain. You will want to be comfortable shooting further distances and develop your core and leg strength for packing out that big bull. Now with all of that in mind, what are you going to do with the time you have to get yourself ready?
- Remember the snowball effect. Small changes, lead to big changes
Start by making small changes, small changes allow you to get the ball rolling and to build momentum. That way you have time to adjust and you won’t be in an overwhelmed state of mind by week two, if you do happen to slip up don’t let it get you down, just pick up where you left off. Remember it is not about being perfect, it’s about being consistent.
These simple steps will help you create specific, defined goals and the actions you need to take to achieve those goals. And they will help you to become a more fit and in-tune hunter.
As always, I love hearing your feedback, please comment below and share your goals and the techniques you use to stay on track!
Nikki Boxler is a small town girl whose love for hunting, fishing, food, and fitness began at a young age on her family farm.