Regularly doing these five exercises will make the physical challenges of hunting much easier.
Some people, especially those who do not hunt, argue that hunting is not an active sport. No matter what type of hunting you choose to do, we still have to get in and out of the woods and the better shape we are in, the easier that task will be. So, with that in mind, here are five simple exercises you can do at home, with no special equipment, to get in better shape for hunting season.
Lunges are a simple but very effective exercise. You can simulate a long day’s hike in just a few sets of lunges. Lunges work and stretch almost all of the muscles in your legs, and they work your core and back. Make sure your top half stays still and vertical while you lunge.
The two parts of the body that a hunter uses most are the legs and the back; squats work both of these. Make sure to keep your back straight and don’t bend your knees more than 90-degrees when you squat, otherwise you’re likely to injure your knees and legs.
Push-ups work your entire body. The more you do, the better shape you will be. You can add extra components to your push-ups to make them even more efficient. I recommend “Push-ups with double knee touch” or “Reptile push-ups” to maximize the effect of the workout without adding too much difficulty.
This simple exercise gets your legs and lungs ready for the long hunting season. The exercise itself works your legs, getting your feet and knees high in the air which can come in handy when working through thick brush. Perhaps more important is the cardio workout that high-knees provide. Keep this exercise up, and you won’t be huffing and puffing every time you have to climb a ridge.
Whether you are just walking through the woods or actively stalking animals, you want to be as quiet as possible. Calf-raises will help you accomplish that goal. Your calves are the muscles you use the most when you are stalking and sneaking through the woods. The stronger you get them, the stealthier you will be.
These are just a few of the endless number of exercises you can do to get in better shape for hunting season. You can do all of them at home, with no equipment. If you want to make the workout harder, do more repetitions. Also try working out with your hunting pack on your back. Not only will this make the exercises harder, but it will prepare you for carrying your pack long distances in the woods.