December got here FAST!
It always seems like time flies whether you are having fun, crushing goals, working, or doing this thing called life. December is one of my favorite months because it is not only a time of celebration, it is a time to reflect on the year, but a common mistake I see is not looking forward to the future. Let’s dive into a few concepts that will help you create goals, identify a suitable program, and navigate life to help you get and stay #FitToHunt!
Goals (Health, fitness and hunts)
As a personal trainer and coach, I try to help my clients set goals that are measurable, specific, and time-limited. Way too many people will state they want to lose “a lot” of weight in the New Year, but what does that even mean? How much weight and by when? Do you have a weekly strategy that helps you track progress and stay on course?
The number one reason why most people do not get results from their efforts is that they have a poorly stated goal. As you move throughout the month I want you to think about your long-term goals such as:
- Weight loss
- The different types of hunts you will be going on and when (elk, whitetail, turkey, waterfowl, upland game bird)
- Stress management (work, relationships, money)
- General health and wellness (manage blood pressure, blood sugar, joint issues, etc)
- Other areas of wellness (financial, relationship, spiritual, occupational)
If weight loss is a target, how much weight do you intend to lose? If the goal is 20 pounds and safe, effective weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week, with the right program you could expect to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks. If you start on January 1, your target date is May 1, 2023.
If you are planning a mule deer hunt and you live in the Midwest, we would recommend you identify the date in the fall you will hunt and back into your training. If September 15 is the day you step foot on the mountain, you should be doing a program that helps build a strong, base level of fitness by no later than February.
Equipment (talk about DIY’s Home gym vs. Commercial Gym)
Recently, I did a phone consult with a new member of The Tribe who wants to start a program. He was interested in our DIY Programs for an upcoming mule deer hunt in the backcountry and was asking about which of our 6-12 week workouts would be right for him. He has an old universal weight machine, treadmill, and stationary bike and works approximately 30 minutes from his home. There are no good commercial gym options so we decided a customized program was best for him and consulted on what type of equipment he should consider for his home gym.
If you have not written your letter to Santa Claus, now is a good time to consider the options between a home gym and a commercial gym. If commercial, think about:
- Monthly price/contract
- Proximity to home/work (if you have to drive more than 10 minutes it will likely not work for you)
- Available equipment
- The Vibe (do you like the environment and people)
If building a home gym is an option consider the following:
- Budget (what do you need now vs. what can you acquire over time)
- Space (how much square footage do you have to commit)
- Environment (A cold, gray damp basement will not make you want to workout)
The coaches at Fit To Hunt are happy to consult on the pros/cons and other intangibles of joining a gym or constructing a place in your home to work out. To schedule a free consultation shoot us a message at email@example.com.
Workout Balance (How does exercise fit with other life responsibilities?)
Creating a program that will help you improve your health and perform in the field is easy. Creating a support system, discipline, and navigating barriers (work, kids, travel) that can derail your workouts and overall results. This is where we earn our money as professional coaches and is a key benefit of our online coaching program. As you ponder starting a workout program in the New Year consider the following.
- Work responsibilities (hours, travel, special projects)
- Home responsibilities (chores, cooking meals, transporting kids, caregiving)
Very few people think about how the potential pitfalls of actually doing the workouts. When life hits, they quit and that is a shame because with a little planning and flexibility, they can excel. If you have experienced this before, our remote training may be for you!
How can we help?
Fit To Hunt is not just a business. It is a lifestyle and a growing community of men, women and kids that are looking to get the most out of their outdoor pursuits, establish healthy lifestyles and enjoy life to the fullest. We would love to connect with you. Got a question about exercise, nutrition, hunting, etc., please shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merry Christmas and Stay #FitToHunt