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Berdan: It's not too early to start conditioning for hunting season (column)

1:08 AM, Jul. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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This weekend marks a midpoint of sorts for me. I am now halfway between the start of softball season and the beginning of my favorite hunting time. Those two things are the reason physical conditioning is at the forefront of my thoughts these days.

While I'm in pretty good shape all year long - assuming you agree with me that round is indeed a shape - I start to pay special attention to conditioning come this time every summer. The last thing I want is to be out of shape and out of breath when hunting season rolls around. That's not an enjoyable way to walk the forests of the Northwoods. In fact, it's a good way to get hurt - at which point you wind up crawling the forests of the Northwoods.

I've long been a fan of jogging and running, so those are the workouts that I turn to. Whether out on city sidewalks or on a treadmill at a gym, there are many techniques that can be used by just about anyone to help improve their conditioning.

One of my favorites is the F.I.T. plan. Devised by Kenneth Cooper, a big name in the fitness field, this plan has three components: Frequency (every other day), intensity (whatever is comfortable for you) and time (half an hour). Even a beginning runner should be able to cover 2 miles in this time frame to start with, so the initial goal for this plan is to work your way up to 3 miles in your half-hour time frame. Once you reach that goal, aim for 4 miles, and so on. As your stamina increases, so too will your comfort level in regards to your speed. If you begin this plan now and stick with it, you certainly will be ready to hit the woods this fall. I've come to appreciate the wisdom of running now to avoid crawling later.

I first came to that realization four years ago. My father-in-law and I were hauling a five-point buck out of a cedar swamp. After much huffing and puffing on my part, I finally had to stop and catch my breath. As I stood doubled over, resting my ears on my knees, it dawned on me that better conditioning might help in such situations.

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