Still think that fitness isn’t a big deal for hunters? This article is meant to settle that issue once and for all. There are plenty of reasons why fitness should be a part of your hunting lifestyle! Whether you hunt in the mountains or only walk 100 yards to a tree stand, fitness is essential to your success as a hunter for more reasons than just improved physical conditioning. Here are 7 reasons why fitness and hunting must go hand-in-hand:
Exercise Increases Focus
The chemical response in your brain that takes place during and after exercise allows you to focus better throughout your day. Focus is incredibly important for hunters who spend hours and hours putting in the work necessary for that small window of opportunity. A lapse in focus could blow the whole thing.
Exercise Boots Energy
When you exercise, you have more energy during your daily life. When you don’t exercise, you become lethargic. Because of all of the prep work, mental engagement, and time in the field that goes into each of your hunts, you need to have the highest energy levels possible. Exercise is the way to do it.
Exercise Combats Disease
Do you want to hunt for just the next few years or the next few decades? A disease or debilitating condition would prevent that from happening and would shorten the amount of time you could enjoy hunting. Exercise has been proven time and time again to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and plenty of other diseases and conditions that would get in the way of your lifestyle.
Exercise Controls Weight
When you stop exercising, you gain weight; it is a fact of life. Exercise is a key ingredient in maintaining a healthy weight. Exercise increases your resting metabolism so that you burn fat throughout the day and digest your food properly. Unnecessary, non-functional weight is one of the worst things you could take with you on your hunts. If you don’t want to gain unnecessary weight, then you need to be exercising.
Exercise Improves Cardiovascular Function
Exercise allows your heart to work more efficiently, which means that your heart will last longer. Exercise improves the entire body’s cardiovascular system, leading to lower blood pressure, lower resting heart rate, improved oxygen levels in your blood and a healthier you. If you want your heart to work properly, you need to be exercising regularly.
Exercise Improves Brain Health
Exercise affects the brain on multiple levels. For starters, it increases your heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to your brain. It also aids the bodily release of multiple hormones, all of which participate in providing the nourishment needed for the growth of brain cells. Memory and overall brain function are increased as a direct result of exercise. Your mental strength and knowledge will grow as a result of your efforts in exercising.
Exercise Makes All Aspects of Hunting More Enjoyable
Truth be told, exercise just makes everything more enjoyable. Sure, exercise is tough, but it makes the rest of your life more enjoyable because you are healthier, have more energy, have a better attitude, and live a longer life doing the things you enjoy.
Exercise should not be seen as optional in your life. Do yourself (and your family) a favor and make exercise an integral part of your lifestyle. You will be a better hunter and live a better life because of it.