In our busy lives as wives and mothers, we are often preoccupied with making dinner, doing laundry, and playing taxi to the kids. When do we make the time for ourselves to workout, attend meetings, shoot the bow, work the dogs, and take care of other necessities including preparing ourselves for hunting?
Now, do not get me wrong, I love a busy schedule (it keeps me on my toes) and I am definitely not complaining. It makes me stop and think though, what do other gals in this situation do to prepare for hunting season, all while trying to eat healthy, maintain an exercise-regimen and run a household? Let’s face it- If we want to be successful in hunting, we need to practice (whether it is bow, shot gun or rifle). Not only is ample practice the right thing to do ethically to achieve a good kill shot, but who wants to come back with an experience other than a positive, memorable one? Practicing takes time.
Let us not forget our other responsibilities like work and running the household. We all know we cannot have a messy house…
It is easy to get overwhelmed with all that we have to do. If you are constantly stressing over little things, the little things become big things. Stop and re-evaluate what is important. For some, making a list of daily accomplishments is a good way to tend to all your chores. Keep the chore list light though! Remember that having priorities does not mean you can’t have fun. THAT should be a priority in itself. After all… “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t no body happy!”
Also, take a look at all of your extracurricular involvements. Is it really necessary to volunteer for five different organizations? Maybe cut that down to one or two and really focus on doing a great job with those commitments. We seem to have forgotten how to simplify and enjoy our hobbies because we are too busy trying to play super-mom/woman.
Some of us hunt one-week (or perhaps even a full month) in a hard core, pack in – pack out scenario, while others hunt close to home nightly and on weekends. We work hard to maintain our health and physical fitness, but it is easy to let these priorities slip during hunting season! Where in the world are we supposed to fit in our workouts? After all, hunting takes precedence over such matters! Doesn’t it?
There is no rule as to how often one must work out to be fit. You may not make it to the gym more than a couple days each week. But that is okay! What matters is how you workout when you have the time. Make it count! You know how valuable it is to have 30 minutes to an hour to yourself for a good workout. Crank up the intensity- run, bike or ski on an incline rather than flat, or incorporate sprints. (I bet the more you push it, the more often your workout time will be cut in half!) Hit the weights with some UMPH! Lift heavier and max out around 8-12 reps. Get your cardio in while you are lifting weights. The old rule of resting 30 seconds to a minute between sets is just that… old. Get some jumping jacks, mountain climbers, burpies or good ol’ fashion jump roping in there while your muscles recover. Involve the whole family if possible. Working out together as a family makes for great bonding time for all!