Author: Sean Sutherland and Tera Schmid
Offseason training makes hiking and hunting safer and more enjoyable. Training also has a significant impact on hunting and hiking success. For example, all-day pheasant hunting, mountain hiking and high-country big-game adventures require a level of strength and endurance many participants take for granted until it’s too late. Participating in a training program before your next trip is not only a good idea, it can help you get the most from the outdoor experience.
Developing a training program can be as simple as a short daily trail walk or as involved as a full-fledged conditioning program. It all depends on the end goal: a sheep hunt above the timberline requires thoughtful long-term conditioning; a hike through the marsh with a bag full of duck decoys, while still physically exerting, will not require as much preparation. Premium footwear is an essential part of a successful training program, and Cabela’s has fitness-training footwear that’s perfect for the job.
Athletic footwear comes in three basic styles: cross trainers, trail runners and walking shoes.
Walking shoes are built for supreme walking comfort. Their flex and cushioning matches the walking stride and heel-to-toe weight transfer. Many models have anatomical footbeds that gradually conform to your feet for a perfect long-term fit.
Cross trainers have a supportive construction that’s a good fit for a variety of activities, including weight training, cardio workouts, basketball and light jogging.
They offer moderate ankle support and excellent stability.
Trail runners are the off-road athletic-shoe option. They transition smoothly from paved surfaces to gravel, and offer the support, traction and durability required for trail running. Specific trail runners are available to meet the needs of casual and advanced runners.
Fitness-training shoes must fit properly to be a fully effective part of a training program. Have both feet measured for length and width by a Cabela’s Footwear Department Outfitter.
Arch support is key to a good fit. High arches and low arches require different levels of support to ensure maximum comfort. Cabela’s Footwear Department offers a great selection of insoles and support components to turn your training footwear into an investment in comfort.
Before you get started, maximize your workout by finding your maximum heart rate.
To obtain your maximum heart rate, simply take 220 - your age.
Check your heart rate halfway through and at the end of every workout.
The simplest way to measure your heart rate is by finding your pulse through your carotid artery (neck) or radial artery (wrist) count your pulse for six seconds and add a zero to that number. This is a great way to control your pace. Remember: A sensible, steady pace makes exercise more enjoyable, and, most importantly, safer.
Know your limits: consult your physician prior to performing any exercise program if you have any medical conditions that may be affected by a training program. Consult a Personal-Training Professional for more details or training options.