Building Your Baseline: Four Critical Steps to Begin Training to Hunt

Here it comes…… ready? You need to begin getting in an improved physical condition for this season. By making some solid adjustments to your eating and exercise behaviors, you totally can. Try walking a mile each day and removing excess sugar from your diet. Take it from a soft-drink addict, in a few days, you’ll stop sucking wind when you walk up the stairs. Try doing a few sets of push ups and sit ups every morning. You’ll notice a change in a month. Yes. A month. Moral of the story, you’ll enjoy hunting so much more if you can put less of a physical strain on your body due to being out of shape.

This all sounds very easy in theory, but it seems like starting is always the hardest part. Here are four incremental steps to implement before beginning your training regimen.

  1. Examine your routine and attack what’s attacking you.
  2. Develop a diet and workout plan that fits your schedule.
  3. Surround yourself with motivation.
  4. Quit Stalling.

Examine Your Routine and Attack What’s Attacking You

We don’t get weak and out of shape over night. More often, we have adopted habits that accumulate over time. Are you a sugar junkie? Maybe you’re working too much without adequate rest. Maybe you’re just drowning in procrastination.

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It can actually be a little discouraging to see how much processed and even dangerous food we eat when we begin examining our diet. Don’t just cut out bad food. Replace it with healthy, more balanced choices.

In order to sort through all of this, I recommend breaking your life into three categories; Diet, Exercise, and Rest.  What’s good about each one? What areas need work? Don’t try to keep it all in your head either. Write it down. Create your ideal week for each category, and attack the very things that are most glaring first through good planning and execution.

Develop a Diet and Workout Plan that Fits Your Schedule

As my wife can testify, I’m the king of going full bore into a new diet and workout plan and then crashing within a couple of weeks. A few years ago, I did it to the point of a pretty serious leg injury. While I completely stand by attacking your weaknesses veraciously, doing so without a plan that fits your schedule and budget is setting yourself up for failure.

It doesn’t take an enormous amount of time to get great results either. My mornings are broken into 30 minute intervals from the time I wake up to the time I go to work. 30 minutes is more than enough to get a great cardio workout with a series of body weight exercises that, if nothing else, crank up your metabolism to start the day.

Surround Yourself with Motivation

Find the things that get your blood pumping and put them where they need to be to press you forward.

One thing that helped me tremendously was saving up a few bucks and purchasing some supplemental products from Wilderness Athlete. The “newness” of an exciting product, and the financial commitment helped push me to they gym or out of bed in the morning. It also helped fill gaps in my diet, my energy level, muscle growth, and recovery.

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Sometimes finding motivation is easier said than done. I’ve found that I often need to detach myself from what is familiar in order to excavate the motivation I need.

I recommend having several different motivations that are at arm’s reach. I especially recommend thinking about the people you surround yourself with and the impact they have on your ability to stay focused on your goals. All the special products and strategies in the world will have trouble standing up to the negative, jealous, and critical people that may questioning what in the world your doing. Your value doesn’t depend on their ability to understand what your doing. So, adjust accordingly.

Quit Stalling

If you really want to get psycho-analytical, you can think of procrastination as a means of inevitable failure. In the case of the outdoors, it could mean missing an opportunity because you’re too tired to make that long hike again, or you’re not strong enough to draw your bow because it’s too cold. In the words of an old football coach of mine, “If your not willing to pay the price now, you can be sure you will do it later.”

Personally, I’d rather spend time now to position myself well for success.

Do you have a useful motivational tool, workout plan, or productivity strategy? I would love to hear it! Comment below!

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