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4 Health Benefits of Archery

8/2/2021

by: Natchez Shooting Supplies

by Jennifer “J Lynn” Cameron

Did you know that archery’s popularity is steadily growing? Bowhunting is catching on in the mainstream, school archery programs are expanding, and cities across the nation have archery leagues.

And there are several reasons for this explosion in interest. Social interaction, enjoying the outdoors, and the sport itself benefit those who shoot.

For instance, spending time outside is often an activity taken for granted — but the mere act of being outside is good for you, from fresh air to vitamin D exposure. This is one of the most important vitamins for us, as it supports our bones, improves mental health, and even strengthens our immune systems. A day spent at the range is a day well spent!

But did you know that there are plenty of other reasons archery is such a healthy activity? Archery has such benefits for the human body, as it:

  • Improves hand-eye coordination.
  • Strengthens muscles.
  • Improves heart health.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Boosts patience.

It’s a fantastic activity for children and adults alike. Looking for equipment? Consider the Bear Archery Legit RTH Compound Bow for adults or the Barnett Vortex Youth Compound Bowfor children.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Archery

Let’s delve into how you and your family can experience these significant benefits if you take up this sport.

1. Improved Hand-Eye Coordination

Your success in archery depends greatly on how well you coordinate your movements. When you shoot a bow, you must be able to transmit cues to your brain about adjustments necessary in your stance. Over time, your hand-eye coordination continues improving and becomes second nature. Given enough time, your reactions to visual stimuli will become faster.

There aren’t many sports in which this trait is as important to develop. Proper hand-eye coordination allows you to complete tasks in your daily life, like driving your car. If you practice regularly, archery can improve your efficiency in those daily tasks, too.

2. Strengthened Muscles

If you’ve ever drawn a bow and arrow, you know how much upper body and arm strength it requires. Every day you spend in practice strengthens all the muscles involved in the action. As time goes by, drawing the bow becomes easier and easier.

Some of the muscle groups involved in drawing a bow include:

  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Arms
  • Abdominal

In fact, after a long day of shooting, you’ll feel it. It’s quite the workout!

3. Improved Heart Health

Just the workout you get from practicing archery should be enough to convince you that this sport is well-worth the effort. What many people don’t know is that archery, because it is so body-intensive, also has incredible cardiovascular benefits. You might think of treadmills or going for a good run when you think cardiovascular, but shooting arrows is also great for your heart.

We explained above all the muscle groups involved in practicing archery — this physical exertion boosts your heart rate. Walking back and forth from the shooting area to your target to retrieve your arrows also gets the blood pumping. In conjunction, this activity even burns calories at a much higher rate than other sports. But the best part? You’re exercising, and it’s enjoyable! It doesn’t feel forced like so many other activities, such as running or jogging.

4. Relieves Stress

It’s a well-known fact that stress wreaks havoc on the body and is one of the leading causes of medical problems such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Archery just happens to be a fantastic way to exercise and the perfect way to blow off some steam, cutting much of life’s daily stresses to a minimum.

One of the most significant reasons archery relieves stress so well is that you can escape the rat race of city life and head for the great outdoors. If you don’t get much time in nature, this can be a rejuvenating experience. Decreasing your stress levels not only helps ward off the above medical issues, but it can even lengthen your life and decrease potential future illnesses.

5. Boosts Patience

You might think archery is simple — build up stamina, practice, aim, hit the target, and voila! You’re an archer! While the sport is relatively easy to learn, it’s quite difficult to hone. Of course, it’s fun, but there are times when it can be really frustrating, too. The more you practice — and the more you goof up — the more patience you develop, which is essential if you want to be an archer in the long term. It takes fierce determination, and skill, to repeat an action perfectly over and over. But this practice is exactly what makes you better — at archery and at life!

Natchez Shooting Supplies has all the accessories you need for your new activity.

Archery for Better Health

You might dread having to get up and head to the gym before work, but it’s highly likely you’ll spring out of bed before the alarm to spend some time out in nature shooting arrows at targets. The passive nature of archery is one of its most wonderful qualities.

Taking the time to learn, hone, and perfect archery promotes your physical and mental health. This isn’t whimsy, but reality. Just ask any archer!

Writer byline: Jennifer “J Lynn” Cameron is a freelance writer recently transplanted to the Midwest. When she’s not writing, she dreams of world travel. With coffee.

1) https://archerytrade.org/survey-says-23-8-million-americans-enjoyed-archery-in-2015/

2) https://www.archerybusiness.com/is-archery-participation-on-the-rise

3) https://www.fitday.com/webfit/burned/calories_burned_Archery_nonhunting_.html

4) https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body

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