Hopefully you’ve had an eventful fall, with memorable hunting adventures. And ideally, you’re coming off of hunting season in better shape than when you started! But instead of calling it quits during the holidays, we’ve got a unique challenge for you. Make a concentrated effort to maintain those improvements into the New Year.
Starting a new workout plan in January is never any fun if you’ve been slacking during the holidays. But hopefully, you’ve got your sights set on some great hunts next year in 2019. So don’t let yourself slip backwards, only to do the work all over again. Maintain it now, and the work will be much easier (and much more fun) leading up to next year’s hunts!
Find an exercise that you enjoy and that you can easily maintain during the busy holiday season. That could be running, biking, swimming or hiking. Mix it up, and try to keep your workouts from becoming monotonous. Employing a variety of exercises will help work different muscle groups, and it will help you from becoming bored with the routine.
Another way to keep it interesting is to get out in the field as much as possible. Put on your hunting pack and climb a nearby hill or even stadium stairs. During the off-season, try these workouts with any new boots, gear, or clothing that you intend to bring on your next hunt. If there are any comfort issues, you want to know it well ahead of time.
If you do nothing else, simply maintain your level of strength without pushing it too hard. Weight lifting machines to keep up your leg strength and easy jogging are better than nothing through the holiday season.
Go into next year with higher confidence in your ability to stalk or quickly move into position for a shot. Being in good physical condition can be the difference between a good hunt and a great hunt.
For information on hunts with Kawdy Outfitters, please explore the rest of our website. If you’d like details or specific availability, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to help you plan the ultimate British Columbia hunt!
Written by Ryan McSparran
Ryan McSparran is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team.