So let me guess, your hunting seasons are over or you’re really pushing yourself to fill that last tag in the freezing weather? I figured. Your fitness carried you through the season but you’ve been hunting and not working out for 2 months now I suppose too? Don’t wait for ridiculous New Years resolutions. Make the commitment now to a healthier lifestyle.Notice I didn’t just say strength or running further. Fitness should be be an all around effort and essentially a part of your everyday activities. By all means throw those weights around and increase those power levels and I certainly hope you are able to log more miles this coming year than ever. Those a certainly goals that I encourage all of you to meet. But don’t forget about your ever important diet and mental health.
With Thanksgiving past us and Christmas hams and cookies still fresh on our minds I’m sure we are all getting some additional caloric intake that may not be conducive to that sexy mountain conquering body you’re shooting for. Just be sure to keep it in check and not let it go too far or you’ll be spending the better part of the Spring just trying to get back to fighting weight.
Also, stress associated with this time of year can be tremendous. We all get caught up sometimes but don’t forget that we are celebrating the birth of baby Jesus and should be savoring these moments with loved ones. Make sure you do some guided meditations or grab a book chalked full of your favorite hunting stories to help take the edge off and keep you mentally calm and focused.
Lastly, sleep. Get your sleep. I pulled the following exerpt from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website (www.nhlbi.nih.gov):
Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
Sleep deficiency also increases the risk of obesity. For example, one study of teenagers showed that with each hour of sleep lost, the odds of becoming obese went up. Sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity in other age groups as well.
With all that being said, take care of yourself and start now for a successful life and next years hunting season.