It is December and for many of us, our tags are filled and our minds are now focused on waterfowl or non-hunting activities. Some may still be out looking to tag a doe for the freezer or try for a last chance buck in late season but no matter what luck you had in the woods this Fall, it is time to start thinking about ramping up your workout program for 2019.
Here are a few tips to help you get started the right way:
It would be super easy to sandbag the rest of 2018 and start in January but putting off your routine another four weeks will only make it harder to get in the kind of shape necessary to excel in your outdoor pursuits.
Everyone is waiting for the New Year. We encourage you to start today!
Schedule your workouts now:
December is a hard month to adhere to an exercise program. You not only have to go to work and take care of home related chores but we also have to contend with shopping, parties and holiday travel. You know the 12 Days of Christmas? How about the 12 Days of Fitness! Open the calendar on your phone and book 12 workouts in December right now. If they are in your calendar you are less likely to skip.
Reduce your training volume and intensity:
If you have been in an in-season program or have put your workouts on hold the last few months while you were out chasing whitetails, start back slow. The number one cause of injury in people beginning an exercise program is doing too much too soon. If you normally do 30 sets in a workout start with 16-18 sets for a week or so and slowly add a set or two back in until you are back to your normal volume. Do the same with your intensity.
Set a goal:
Be specific on what you want to achieve short term (the month of December) and long term (2019). Perhaps your short term goal is to simple workout 12 times in December (see above)? Do you have a bucket list elk hunt on the horizon or do you simply want more stamina and performance in the field? All are great reasons to set clearly defined goals and get to work!
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
The coaching professionals at Fit To Hunt can help you develop a plan and help you adhere to your workouts.
E-mail Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
What are your suggestions for getting back into a routine post-hunting season?
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