There are lots of activities that can promise some improvements to your health and fitness, as well as being interesting, engaging, and giving you some new skills. Hunting is a good example of this because while you may not see it as primarily being something you take up to benefit your fitness, like running or weight training, it does give you some fitness advantages, in addition to allowing you to catch your own food and learn some impressive skills. You also get to play with some great technology – whether you favor a bow and arrow or a high-end rifle with a UTG 3 9×32 scope!
But how exactly does hunting improve your fitness? Here we look at a few of the ways that you use your body in hunting, which will provide you with better fitness over time:
Balance, Movement, And Coordination
A lot of the skill involved in hunting animals successfully is being able to watch them while avoiding them detecting you. This is exciting and a big reason why people enjoy the hunt. However, what you may not realize is that the creeping around, trying not to disturb foliage, and watching for animals as quietly as possible, is all contributing to your core strength, balance, and coordination.
Moving as silently as a ninja (in fact, more silently than a ninja because ninjas had human targets and yours is an animal with very alert senses), means a lot of physical coordination. Have you ever heard your upstairs neighbors stomping around loudly? Well, as a hunter you are always honing your own ability to move without being heard, and this requires a surprising amount of balance and fluidity,
Movement With Weight
Hunting can require you to walk for long distances as you track an animal. However, this is something you are going to need to do while carrying your gun or bow. Most weapons used in hunting weigh in excess of 12 pounds. This is already amping up the training you are doing.
All That Protein
When it all comes down to it, hunting is something most people do to get the products from the animals they hunt, as well as the experience of hunting them. This means that most of the time, those animals you hunt will end up on the dinner table. Wild game has been shown to be leaner meat than farmed animals, and this means a great source of lean protein that can help your muscles recover and develop.
If you are doing any kind of muscle training, or are a very active person in general, lean protein is a very important part of your nutrition plan and the meat you get from hunting can be a great source due to wild animals having a more varied diet and leaner bodies.
Hunting can really help you obtain a better physical state as an added side effect, and so if you are already a fan of the activity as a whole, why not look at ways you can increase the physical benefits, by, for instance, covering wider areas or carrying more gear?