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West Virginia Wildlife
In Shape For Hunting
Patrick McMurtry Healthy Hunting

August 21, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice

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Hunting is fun, but it can also take a lot of out of you. With bow season literally right around the corner, it's time to get serious about getting in hunting shape. Karri Britt is a physiologist with Cabell Huntington hospital, she's an expert on what to do before you hit the woods.

"If you're going to be out in the field hunting, one of the main things you're going to be doing is hiking. You're going to be going down a kind of obstacle course, so you want to go out to the area you'll be in and walk around. You want to walk it as much as you can prior to hunting it, and if you're going to be carrying a heavy backpack, take something like that with you."

Heart healthy really is something to keep in mind, and getting your heart a little healthier is possible between now and the time you hit the woods to hunt.

"Exercise thirty minutes a day, 5 days a week, moderate intensity, reaching 150 minutes a week. If you're going to be doing high intensity, do that 3 days a week, 25 minutes a day, totaling 75 minutes a week. There's also weight lifting, resistance training-they recommend 2 days a week." says Britt.

Don't get intimidated or discouraged if you aren't able to jump right out the door and do a thirty minute, high intensity walk. Britt says you can break it down into manageable segments until you're in better shape.

"You can start out by getting up in the morning, walk 10 minutes, go in, eat breakfast and walk another 10 minutes at lunch then another 10 minutes at dinner. You can do it like that and not start right off getting 30 all at once if you feel like you can't." says Britt.

The important thing is to get out and get yourself as ready as possible for hunting season. Be smart, get some hiking time in and I'll see you at the check station.



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