Healthy Hunter: Walk Away Those Pounds for Better Deer Hunting

I hope some of you jumped on the Fitbit ship and have maybe added that little fitness monitor to your plans for getting a bit healthier in 2015 and before deer season opens.

The annual SHOT Show is massive and a common refrain heard daily is about tired feet and legs!

The annual SHOT Show is massive and a common refrain heard daily is about tired feet and legs!

Yes, I’m thinking about deer season in autumn. It will be here before we know it. Eight, nine months? That’s not long at all. Considering what we’ll be doing in spring and summer for preparation of opening day, as well we know, deer season really is a year-round endeavor. Losing weight is a great way to help yourself feel better and also enjoy deer season more. You can move better, likely will sleep better — a big deal for health — and being less tired usually means you’ll be more alert in the stand.

At the 2015 Archery Trade Association Show in Indianapolis, I had my Fitbit with me and kept up with the daily steps. Travel day wasn’t much, just about 4,500 steps or so, but the first two show days were pretty good. Each day was about 9,500 steps to and from the show from my hotel and then on the show floor.

Some of y’all may remember the big “10,000 Steps” movement from about 10 years or so ago. At my old job we had a guy who was gung-ho about it and lost a lot of weight. Then he fell off the wagon, but that’s beside the point. He had plan, stuck with it and did well.

According to Fitbit’s blog, 10,000 steps is about five miles. Some folks try to make 10,000 steps a day and others look for three or four days a week. Whatever works best for you is the key. Last summer I was pushing too hard and injured my hip, so be sure to talk with your physician, start slowly and don’t overdo it.

I forgot my Fitbit for the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, which irritated me. SHOT is bigger than the ATA show, by far, and I usually pound the dogs into the carpeted concrete every day. Eh, maybe next year.

I’ve also taken my Fitbit on hunting trips to see how far we walk when raccoon and squirrel hunting, or when I’m deer hunting going to and from the stand. Keeping up with my steps is kind of addictive. Maybe it will be for you this year, too.

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