By Brad Gannaway, Owner of Pro Outfitters and Fit To Hunt Prostaff
24 hours, that's it! I know we all wish there was more than 24 hours in a day, but hypothetically if there were more than 24 hours, would you still find excuses to not meet your fitness goals? I think for most of us the answer would be YES.
Let me introduce myself, I'm Brad Gannaway and I own Pro Outfitters. We are an outfitting business with two lodges in Missouri. We offer hunts for deer, turkey, ducks and snow geese. We have a full staff and we live to hunt 24-7. I spend over 6 months of the year on the road
guiding hunts, doing seminars and trade shows. I'm also a husband and father of 7 year old twins.
So back to the question, if there were more than 24 hours in a day would you find excuses to not reach your fitness goals? For many years my answer would be the same as many of you, YES! In my opinion, excuses equal failure and most people are scared to fail. For me that all changed in January of 2009, when my wife gave birth to our twins. I knew then I had to make a change for many reasons:
1. I didn't want to be labeled as the fat dad that couldn't interact and play with my kids
2. My dad passed away at age 45 and I felt I owed it to my kids to be in the best physical shape possible, so we could enjoy life together as a family.
This journey wasn't easy. At the beginning I was 6 ft tall and 235 lbs. I loved beer, Pepsi and fast food. My first step was I set a goal of working out with light weights and running a couple times a week and kicked my "diet" as many say, into high gear...but I choose to say lifestyle change, not diet. I started to see results and felt better. Over the course of the first 4 months I dropped 50 lbs and 7 years later I'm still keeping the weight off! Oh trust me, it hasn't been easy with my crazy travel and lifestyle. It's a daily battle. I count every calorie on the road and if I can't hit the gym I try and be creative in any way possible to get in a workout.
Here are a few tips that have helped me stay in shape:
1. What I call 2 and out... It's impossible to be hanging out at the lodge with clients and friends and not have a few beers, but for me it's mostly 2 and out. I have 2 beers and I'm done. Want to rack up calories quick, kill 6-8 beers every night and the weight will pile on quicker than you can take it off.
2. 2 and 2, I do 200 sit-ups and 200 push-ups daily. Sometimes, it's at the lodge and other times it might be in a field while waiting on clients. It's funny to watch people driving down a dirt road in the fall with temperatures in the teens and seeing a guy rocking out push-ups in a field, but it's part of the deal to stay in shape.
3. I almost never ride on the ATV or UTV's in the hunting season. I'm always walking, and most time I'm running in my camo full gear with boots.....trust me that's a workout in itself!
4. I always have healthy snacks with me because to find time to eat a proper meal during hunting season is almost impossible, but the healthy snacks keep me from cheating!
I left for my lodge in Oct. 2015 and I finished my snow goose season in March 2016. I was only up 4 lbs! I'm guessing I ran about a dozen times and never did a single workout in a gym, I just used what I had. My point is, some of us have 2 hrs a day to workout and other have only 10 mins, but if you use those "10 mins" wisely and change your eating lifestyle, you will see results no matter what and you will soon be FIT TO HUNT!
How do you make fitness and clean eating fit into your 24 hours? Please leave a comment below.
Brad Gannaway is the owner, operator and guide of Pro Outfitters. He is also a pro staff member at Fit To Hunt and represents companies such as Mossy Oak, Spypoint and NexGen Crossbows. You can learn more about Pro Outfitters by visiting www.huntprooutfitters.com/
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