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tvarden

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So 3 months ago my doctor gave me the stink eye for doing nothing physical and drinking a copious amount of whiskey the last 6 months.. So I started swimming laps 2 times a week over the last 3 months... Wow the first month was rough, however just got back from Colorado last week for 4th Rifle Season.. Did not get an elk, however I noticed I could out walk and hike my hunting partner and have noticed my health over all is so much better.. So ya if you can get some swimming in do it..
 

fish369

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I swam most of 2019 and a bit of 2020. Also went to Colorado (1st time from the east coast) for 4th rifle season. I was expecting it to be worse than it was. I was the only one of 3 that didnt get a bull but can tell you I felt like I was dying when we packed those two bulls out one day apart. Heaviest pack ive ever carried. Had I not swam those miles I would have actually died.
 

WeekendWarrior

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So 3 months ago my doctor gave me the stink eye for doing nothing physical and drinking a copious amount of whiskey the last 6 months..

He was just jealous. Ha!

I cycle a lot instead of swim. I bolted a desk top to an exercise bike. Ive been riding several hours a day since covid started. If I want to watch TV, I do it on the bike. If I want to read LRH for hours, I do it on the bike. If I want to drink whiskey and stare at the wall, I do it on the bike. I live in CO, and it's been really nice. I noticed my ability to cover ground was greatly increased this last hunting season too.
 

jimss

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I am super fortune to have a physically challenging job where I work outside in the same type of country and elevation where I hunt. The closer your workouts are to doing the same thing you'll be doing in the field the better off you'll be! As an example, if you can wear a 50 lb pack and hike sidehills without trails on a regular basis you're legs, lungs, back, arms, etc will be ready to do the same thing during hunting season. I also am fortunate to live close to where I usually hunt. In the off season I spend hours upon hours scouting which not only prepares me with great knowledge of the country but also gets me physically in shape to hunt the same exact country. Obviously this is impossible for many people but I would still recommend trying to wear load up a pack and spend time hiking and climbing the roughest terrain near your home.
 

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