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Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

Whether you are shopping for the holiday season, in celebration of a birthday, or marking a major life milestone, choosing a gift for a sportsman or woman can be a challenge if you aren’t familiar with the equipment involved. But that doesn’t mean you can’t select an ideal option with a little care.

To help you get your shopping started, consider these gifts for the outdoor sporting enthusiast in your life.

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For the Target Shooter

Many people enjoy taking a rifle to the range and firing off a few shots. Whether they are avid hunters, competition target shooters, or just a recreational rifleman, there are many kinds of equipment that can help improve performance.

A great place to start is with a rifle scope turret system. A high-quality turret system can help increase the level of accuracy when shooting at distant targets by adjusting the windage and elevation. Learn all you need to know about turret system operation and then locate a model that can help your gift recipient improve their game.

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If you aren’t as comfortable selecting equipment, then think about getting them an accessory or two. You can find fun paper targets that can be taken to the range or a new box to carry ammunition. Items such as these perform a specific function that any target shooter can appreciate, and you don’t have to worry about how it will impact their performance.

For the Camping Enthusiast

If the outdoor enthusiast and sportsman in your life enjoys spending their nights in the wilderness, then a four-season tent is a great option. Four-season tents are designed to hold up in nearly all weather conditions, from sunny summer days to snowy winter nights. These tents are versatile as they can get, and also very durable.

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A four-season tent by Kodiak Canvas does more than just withstand the elements. Its simple design allows it to be set up quickly even if only one person is there to do the work. It also has a high ceiling, so you don’t have to hunch to do basic tasks like get into the tent or change clothes. It also comes with an easy-to-use carrying case, making transporting the tent a breeze.

Another excellent choice for anyone who spends the night outside while enjoying their activity of choice is a quality sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are rated based on the lowest temperature in which they are an appropriate choice. Weight based on the environment is also a factor in choosing the right sleeping bag. A great sleeping bag helps the camper get a better night’s sleep, making the recipient of your gift more prepared to tackle what the next day has in store.

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For the Ice Fisherman

When you are going ice fishing, you know it’s going to be cold. And since you are often exposed to the wind coursing across the frozen bodies of water, having something to shield you from the wind can make the experience much more pleasant.

With that in mind, an ice fishing shelter is a great gift for those who have concentrated more on investing in quality gear than their personal comfort. The Eskimo Quickfish 3 is a highly portable model that can be carried in an included backpack. A more comfortable experience means the person you are buying for can spend more time on the ice doing what they love.

If you have a friend of family member who loves the outdoors, any of these gifts may be appropriate. But, if you are ever in doubt, choose a gift card to their favorite outdoor sporting store. Then they can get exactly what they need to enjoy their favorite hobby, and you can guarantee that your gift will be appreciated.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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