Over at the Hunt Backcountry Podcast we just published one of my favorite episodes yet. Although we have interviewed some of the more well-known names in the industry, as well as guys that aren’t as well known but are insanely dedicated and successful hunters, this latest episode is one of my favorites because of the guest. This guest, Matt, was neither well-known, nor experienced about or wildly successful at the topic we discussed — elk hunting.
In the episode, Matt shares his experience hunting elk for the first time this past fall. Matt is a regular guy. He works a regular job. With a wife and a newborn at home, he works hard to find a few minutes and few dollars he can invest in elk hunting.
I loved hearing the perspective of an everyday hunter — what lessons he learned, what information he found valuable, what challenges he faced, etc.
I love it because that’s where I’m coming from. And that’s probably where you are coming from, too.
Beyond elk hunting, that’s the way I view everything I am writing and sharing here. And it is definitely where I am coming from when I talk about a topic that I know I will be writing more about in the future: fitness.
I am the regular guy. I am short on time. I don’t have a lot of fitness equipment, and I can’t stand the thought of working out in a commercial gym. I am not formally educated in fitness.
Although I am in pretty good shape now, I have lived many years far from “fit”. But over the years — specifically, the past 5 years — I have learned a lot. I have learned from reading and from experimenting. I have made tremendous improvements in my health and fitness, and I have done it without spending a minute in a gym. I have put in hard work in the outdoors, in my garage with minimal equipment, and in the kitchen with smart nutrition strategies. Because of these things, I have been rewarded with solid results.
Although there is a LOT of fitness information out there, from true experts and self-proclaimed “experts” on the internet, I would like to share some of what I have learned and experienced. I have nothing to sell and no goal other than to maybe help or inspire you achieve better health and fitness.
You might not be a “fitness guy” or a “gym guy” — that’s perfectly fine. I’m not either. But, let me ask you:
Do you value your health? Do you value your longevity? Do you value your family and other people in your life that love and depend on you? Do you value being able to physically do what you love to do, and do you want to be able to do that activity for decades to come?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you should be taking action. You should be doing something to improve your fitness. Not for the mirror. Not for the beach. Not for a 30 Day challenge. But for yourself. For those you love. For the mental strength that comes from physical discipline. For the simple fact that you don’t want to be sick, or ache, or uncomfortable — you want to be energetic, strong, and capable for day-to-day life.
So I am curious? What fitness, nutrition, or health information would help you the most? What specific questions do you have? What has kept you from living a more active and healthy lifestyle? What do you struggle with?
Chances are, I have worked through some of those same questions and issues over the years, and maybe I can help. Let me know…