With summer right around the corner across most of the United States, more metal detectorists will be grabbing their gear and heading out to their favorite detecting spots. As the temperatures rise fatigue can set in and that can affect both decision making and performance in the field.
Luckily there are a few steps that you can take to help combat fatigue while out metal detecting.
One of the most important things that you can do for yourself is to get plenty of sleep the night before your big hunt. You want to have as much energy as possible while detecting, so getting to bed early is the first step that you can take to help fight fatigue.
The next thing that you can do is have a good breakfast before heading out the door. High energy foods like oatmeal, fruits, or toast & eggs with milk and juice will help start your day off on the right foot. It’s also a good idea to go ahead and take a multivitamin with breakfast so your body will have the necessary nutrients it needs to perform at peak capacity.
A simple way to boost your energy while out in the field is to eat fresh fruit. Bananas and Apples are great fruits for times when you need a little energy boost. They have vitamins, minerals, and good carbs, which give you quick energy. Since they don’t require refrigeration, Bananas, apples, and oranges are also easy to pack along with the rest of your detecting supplies.
Another nutritious snack to take with you is pre-packaged cereal bars. Whole grain cereal bars aren’t just for breakfast anymore. They’re high in protein and are the perfect snack for those on the go and can be conveniently eaten while still swinging a metal detector
One of my favorite “back pack snacks” is Trail Mix. There are several types of blends, and Trail Mixes with dried fruits and nuts are slow-burning foods that help provide sustained energy. They’re packed with good fats, protein, vitamin E, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids which help reduce inflammation of the joints. Dried fruit provides a touch of sweetness, but with the added benefits of fiber. Just a small handful is best, though. Too many carbs can have the opposite effect and cause tiredness.
It should be obvious, but staying hydrated is also very important to helping your body stay cool while detecting in hot weather. You should aim to pack a bottled water for every hour you plan to be out detecting. Nothing will ruin your hunt faster than a heat stroke, so be sure to always take a couple of bottled waters with you.
Plan ahead and pack a few snacks for your next hunt. When you feel better you detect better. Treat yourself like an athlete, because in a sense you are. Most games are won on the practice field. The game on Sunday is just a reflection of how well each team prepared ‘before’ the big game.
Get plenty of rest, have a good breakfast, pack a couple high energy snacks, and drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you, and your good finds will increase because you will be more energetic and alert.
Happy Hunting out there, and remember, Santa Know’s when you don’t fill your holes!
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