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    Some Thoughts From a Biologist

    Hey guys and gals. This is such a cool forum. Not only because exercise is an easy component of hunting to overlook but given my field of study, I am automatically interested and just had to chime in. Looked over several threads within and wanted to put down some hopefully useful words that summarize my overall feelings and knowledge on this.

    While losing weight and getting in shape can be interchangeable, it is not necessarily the case. I used to get soooo discouraged during my workouts because I felt I just wasn't progressing enough. It wasn't until I took the pressure off myself with respect to specific numbers and goals that I started to become a more successful exerciser.

    I am certainly not trying to diminish anybody's fitness goals or target weights or anything like that but I do want to drive home the idea that the main point is to just make sure you're getting out there. A little exercise is ALWAYS better than none and when you think about getting in shape for hunting, you're really thinking about increasing endurance, toughening up joints and bones, and making your body a more efficient machine-all of which will occur whether you're losing weight or not. Its about functional strength too-just doing a few good sets of push ups and sit ups everyday can add up throughout the year.

    Also remember, mile for mile, you burn just as many calories walking as running-it just takes longer and you aren't building the lean muscle mass as you do when you do anaerobic exercise (like when you're running at your max heart rate) but you're still getting good exercise!

    Good luck everyone and just keep at it!

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    Great post, thanks!!
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    Great statement, I agree.

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    Thanks. Kind of the same for me. It's more of an endurance thing for me then anything else. I'm a big guy and weight is a roller coster for me and always has been. Before a hunt I have a hiking regiment and diet I use that helps me out huge when I'm out hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Thanks. Kind of the same for me. It's more of an endurance thing for me then anything else. I'm a big guy and weight is a roller coster for me and always has been. Before a hunt I have a hiking regiment and diet I use that helps me out huge when I'm out hunting.
    How far out do you start? Sounds like you and I are about the same.
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    I have been hunting for 30 years, I know what I need to do to be ready. I don't need to be ripped with muscles and ready to run a marathon. I do need to exercise though, more the older I get. 3 mile 40-50 minute walks, some lunges, a hike here and there usually does what it take to get me ready. I may pick it up a month or two before the season if I am going to be in steep country with the possibility of climbing 2000 ft every day. I have a hill near my work that is a 1000ft climb in 1 air mile. I climb up it and down it with a 25 lb pack in 90 degree temps when I am planning a steep country hunt. That is a better guage for me than a scale. I find working in the heat to be important too. I never have issues in cool weather, but the heat can flat sap the energy right out of me. So getting used to heat is important for me.

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    My goal since I turned 50 is to stay in good overall shape. I try to work on the parts that might fail the fastest. Knees ankles lower back. For the past three years I have worked out three afternoons a week and this year started to run a little every morning. Being able to keep going when it gets tough is important to me and cardio is a big part of what I do, Ripped not me, lean not, somewhere in between yes. I also know that I can get away with keeping a few extra pounds as I always loose between 5-8lbs over a few weeks in the high country. Deer hunting around here is a piece of cake compare to hunting out west every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25contender View Post
    My goal since I turned 50 is to stay in good overall shape. I try to work on the parts that might fail the fastest. Knees ankles lower back. For the past three years I have worked out three afternoons a week and this year started to run a little every morning. Being able to keep going when it gets tough is important to me and cardio is a big part of what I do, Ripped not me, lean not, somewhere in between yes. I also know that I can get away with keeping a few extra pounds as I always loose between 5-8lbs over a few weeks in the high country. Deer hunting around here is a piece of cake compare to hunting out west every year.
    I can relate to the red! Especially the lower back and knees. Last time I hunted for two sraight weeks I only lost 3 pounds, I was a little dissapointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikeepitcold View Post
    Before a hunt I have a hiking regiment and diet I use that helps me out huge when I'm out hunting.
    You wife ever ask why you do it for hunting but not her? I get that every year!

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    Nice one timberstalker-I like how you mentioned temperature. Temperature is the ecological "master factor." Getting used to the particular environmental conditions you're going to hunt in is REAL important, espcially in the heat. If you train in the heat, your body will natrually begin to maintain the cellular salt/water balance more efficently as well as increase endurance when you might otherwise start to give out. You nailed the spirit of my original post too. If you're out to train like you're trying out for the NFL, that is awesome but just getting out there consistently and getting the blood flowing, limbering up those muscles and joints is the real ticket to ensure long days in the field.

 

 

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