There is plenty of debate where this lies and it has been asked again and again. It actually depends on what kind of exercise you’re talking about as well. There are all kinds of exercise and each one needs to be explored. The kinds of exercises I am referring to will be discussed in the next few paragraphs.
There is the traditional exercise everyone thinks about; running, walking, climbing and things like swimming. There are more examples, though. Is hunting exercise with a custom hunting rifle? Only if you have to walk very far. Otherwise, no it’s not. It’s not as calorie burning as running a marathon or even a casual run. So, unless you are out in the woods and you have to walk quite far, then no, it’s not.
If you are out in the wilderness and have to travel by foot for many miles, one could classify that as exercise. This can be good for you if you are used to it. If you are not, then you will be sore in the morning. Some hunting is rigorous. Not only do you have to carry ammunition and your gun, you also have to carry a backpack of supplies and anything you are able to kill. For example, if you are able to shoot something bigger than a bird or a rabbit, you will need to carry it back. Animals can be pretty heavy since they are dead weight, quite literally.
Then there is the other kind of exercise; mental or character building exercise. These can be exercises in character, like loyalty or patience. Patience, as we’ve all heard, is a virtue that can be obtained through waiting for your prey with a custom hunting rifle. So, in this way, hunting can be an exercise of character.
Character building is a sort of exercise that can continuously be challenged. Patience is something that is useful in many outdoor activities like fishing and hunting. Some people can go for a leisurely fishing trip and not catch anything. This is the same with hunting. If you get into an especially good area, you might be able to catch something, but it depends on the skill level as well. Experience is a big deal when it comes to hunting. Inexperienced hunters may not have as great of a success rate as an experienced one, to be sure. When you are learning how to hunt, it makes sense to take someone experienced to teach you the tricks of the trade. Every profession has tricks to make things easier to do.
No matter what kind of exercise you do, know that it will make your body and your mind or character better. Everyone’s version of exercise is different, so before you go on any excursion, check with your doctor first. Have fun!