By: Michelle Harmes - Blogger at MH Outdoors and pro staffer for Martin Archery, Backwater Outdoors, LLC and Clean Shot Archery
When does your hunt start? Hunting isn't just about walking into the woods and walking out with an animal. Your hunt starts long before you ever slip on your camouflage. Trail cameras, maps, weather forecasts and practicing with your weapon of choice are all part of your hunt. However, your hunt starts every morning. Every single day you make choices that will determine your success in the field. Exercising and eating right can actually help you sit in a tree, alert and ready when your prey steps out.
To many hunters, sitting in a tree seems easy, all you are doing is sitting there. To those with chronic back pain, just sitting there is anything but easy. The excitement of hunting season is often paired with stress and anxiety thinking “what if back spasms hit while in the tree.”
My 2015 bear hunt began in April of 2015. I spoke with Jeremy of Fit to Hunt about my concerns with my back and the upcoming season. On my own I was in a trap of feeling better, over doing the workouts and experiencing setbacks where all progress on the road to recovery was lost. With Fit to Hunt I began by taking baby steps, not over doing it. New exercises and stretches were added slowly, building muscles and creating flexibility. I had been going to physical therapy but it wasn't working as well as it should have. Fit to Hunt trainers understand that both the physical, mental and emotional sides of health have to be addressed. Going from being strong and being able to sit and hunt all day to being stuck in bed all day takes a huge toll on you and it's very easy to want to give up.
Thankfully, through hard work and the help of my trainer I was able to sit in the stand and enjoy the hunt with no pain even after driving over 20 hours to Maine. I successfully took a bear with my Martin Alien bow during the 2015 season and I know that none of that would have been possible without Fit to Hunt. Back pain is still a daily battle but now it's a battle I can accept and win. Next season I will be even stronger since I can focus on fitness in addition to recovery.
Please consider Fit to Hunt, they can help you no matter where you live and what your fitness level might be. You can even work out at home. Huge thank you to Jeremy my trainer for helping me on my journey to be Fit to Hunt!
Read more of Michelle’s work at www.mhoutdoors.com.
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Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!