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Old 07-21-2012, 09:25 PM
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Cardio Workouts?

What are some cardio workouts you guys do to get/keep I shape for hunting season? I am thinking of getting up every morning and running a mile then rideing my bike for about 2.5 miles. Will this be enough? Where we are elk hunting this year is around 9000 feet and I live at about 2800.
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What are some cardio workouts you guys do to get/keep I shape for hunting season? I am thinking of getting up every morning and running a mile then rideing my bike for about 2.5 miles. Will this be enough? Where we are elk hunting this year is around 9000 feet and I live at about 2800.
First take into account your current physical condition. Then start slow, a mile won't seam very far till two days later. I would suggest ruck marching 3 days a week and training with weights two days a week. This is the most realistic use of your time, don't neglect your feet.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:52 PM
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Re: Cardio Workouts?

Appreciate this for what it is....

and the humor....

No elk here, mulies in November in NM. I live about 600 feet above sea level where it's basically flat, farmland. I'm in my 60's. I'm not sedentary by any means, I'm a farmer, I grow a large garden and I work part time for a transportation company, I'm in safety and compliance so I'm on my feet, walking, climbing in trucks, agitating drivers.....

I also have my own business which operates out of a building on the farm so I'm very active, all the time.

I figured getting in condition for NM and the altitude would be best achieved by co-mingling my exercise regimen with my coon hound mix. She's gotten sedentary, sedentary to the point of 109 pounds, fueled by table scraps and everything else she can get her muzzle on. She's a wonderful dog and a great companion and I'm a sucker for a sad face so she begs and she gets, until about 2 months ago.

I figured co-mingling would be just the thing for her and company for me. She's had undercarriage issues like no ground clearance because her stuff is hanging too low and the vet is worried she is going to have heart and hip problems so she goes with me, every afternoon, rain or shine.

We are way out in the country, I mean WAY out, so it's dirt roads, plowed (no tilled) fields, ditch banks, and wood lots, she's right with me, every mile. It's been hot and humid and she pants terribly so I stop along the way (in the shade) so she can rest and I carry water for her.

She looks forward anxiously everyday for our adventures and so do I.

Problem is, I feel good and I feel I'm getting prepared for NM in November but I took her to the vet to get weighed and she's lost ONE POUND IN 2 MONTHS.

A least the 'ground clearance' issue has improved.

She's sitting under my feet right now BTW.

Your 'cardio' workout reminded me.......
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:54 PM
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Re: Cardio Workouts?

If Riley is really 13 like his tag line is showing, he probably won't need to do much more than what he's thinking about doing, but he should get started quickly as hunting season isn't that far away. 2 1/2 miles on a bike really isn't very far and I would up it to 5 miles after a week or two to get built up a little.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:56 PM
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Re: Cardio Workouts?

Every year I'm in worse shape and the mule does most of the work but the best thing I've ever found for cardio is climbing. Seriously. Put your hunting boots on and go straight up a mountain or hill or whatever's around. Stay off trail and go straight up. Lift those knees high. Increase speed as your strength and wind increases. Walk downhill slowly resisting your weight. Avoid lunging steps going down. You'll probably do more for your strength by resisting your own weight downhill than speeding uphill. Up for wind, down slowly for strength.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:10 PM
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Well, I suspect strongly that if I was on an elk hunting junket, my ass would be on an ass as well.........

You see, besides my overweight dog, I don't have all my parts anymore. I lost some non-essential organs a few years back. Not that I miss them because I really don't. It's the cut job that gives me grief. In the doctors words, "It's as good as it's going to get. Be happy you are alive.

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:19 PM
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I really dont have anywhere to climb/hike as i live in ND so it is pretty flat. Thanks for all the tips. I am most likely going to up it to 4 or 5 miles of bike riding a day and i will start doing some weight training.
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