Prepping Your Heart for Hunting Season

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

Hunting comes with a number of health risks. For example, on average, there are 6000 injuries related to falling from tree stands every year. Other risks include fire, drowning, exposure, wildlife attacks, motor vehicle accidents, firearm accidents and hearing loss. However, heart attacks are the #1 cause of fatalities during hunting season. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk that your hunting season will include heart attack.

Step 1: Get a check-up

Getting a check-up is essential, especially if you’re over 45. You know if you smoke, are overweight or have a family history of health problems. However, diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) often don’t offer early symptoms. Your healthcare provider can test for these conditions and advise you on any other health risks you may have. You’re much better off knowing where you stand on your health than getting caught by surprise in the wilderness.

Step 2: Walk!

You should be walking at least 30 minutes every day. If you’ve been a couch potato all year, start your walking program slowly and work up to a brisk pace. After that, push yourself by hitting some of the hills around Madison County. They aren’t hard to find! In the weeks before hunting season, add some weight to your workout with a backpack or leg and arm weights. Don’t expect your body to go on a 2-3 hour trek through the woods with little or no conditioning.

Step 3: Reduce Your Risk Factors

Quit smoking, eat right and lose some weight. Swap the bread and pasta for more vegetables, fruit and protein. A little cheese is fine but it has a lot of fat. Grass-fed meats are better than corn-fed meats. If you have elk or venison leftover from last season’s hunt, this is a good time to eat it up.

Step 4: Pack Your Medications

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