As you should know by now, I love archery! 🙂
But did you know that there are several health benefits of archery that make it an even more fantastic sport?
Archery is not only a good way to spend your time alone or with friends, you will also improve and train many parts of your body and mind.
Today, I want to show you some of the health benefits of archery that I think are the most important.
Let me start with a quick list of the facts and I will go into more details below.
Now that I have given you the quick list, I want to explain why and how archery can deliver all those health benefits to you.
Archery is not a sport where you won’t feel your muscles after a long session. Archery is demanding for your whole upper body.
When you shoot for the first time, you will feel certain muscles ache you might have never felt before in your life.
The muscles that are mostly used are the arm and back muscles. Actually, if you are using the correct technique it will be mainly your back muscles.
The arm muscles are only used for a short time when drawing the bow. Most of the draw weight is pulled and held by the back muscles.
By training in archery regularly, you will feel that you will be able to draw heavier bows after quite a short time. This means that you upper body’s muscles are getting stronger, which is a great effect archery has on your body.
As a side effect, archery usually improves your poise of body. You have to keep a straight back when drawing a bow, which will make it natural for you to keep it straight all the time.
Another health benefit of archery is that you will improve your focus immensely.
When you see archers, you notice how focused they are. Nothing seems to be able to get in the way of them and the target.
It is not easy in the beginning to get this kind of focus. But when you stay at it, you will find out that it gets easier every time that you draw and let the arrow fly.
Archery is all about routine and this focus.
It is only you, the bow and the target. You lock into your target and nothing can stop you from hitting it.
When I sometimes shoot on a fun fair here in Taiwan, many people are gathering around me to see the “foreigner” shoot. I don’t even notice them until I have shot my last arrow. When I am done, I see the people around me, which was a bit weird at the beginning.
What I want to say with that is, that you will master this kind of focus after some time.
The great thing is, that this will help you in many situations, not only with archery.
Maybe you have a noisy workplace or you have to write an important test.
Focus will make these situations much easier to handle, so go and pick up archery, if you want to get less distracted, too!
This one is one of my favorite benefits!
Don’t you sometimes wish to be more confident and believe in your own abilities?
Archery can give you that.
There is no better feeling of accomplishment as when you hit bulls eye the first time, or on a long distance.
Sure it will not happen just like that overnight.
You have to do something for it. You have to practice and practice more.
But this makes it so great! You can see results and harvest the fruits of your efforts.
Believe me that you will be walking with more confidence through your life when you become an archer. Again this will not only boost your confidence in archery, it will rub off on your whole personality.
Maybe you are already super confident, which is fine.
If you need that extra bit of confidence, consider starting with archery! You will not regret it!
Archery is great because it can be practiced indoors and outdoors.
Traditionally it is an outdoor sport which means that you will get a lot of fresh air, especially if you have the chance to shoot in a forest.
I totally love forests. I grew up going into the woods almost daily and being able to do archery there is just awesome.
Everybody knows that we need fresh air to be more healthy and many people just don’t get as much as they should.
No matter if you should in your backyard, on an archery range or in a forest, it will do you good!
If you live in an urban area, try to find a place in the city outskirts, as the air is usually better there.
Get ready to improve your over-all health with your weekly dose of fresh air.
Fun is what we are all looking for. Why would we do something (besides maybe work) that is not fun? 😉
Archery can give you a lot of fun. Most archers I meet in clubs and on archery ranges are really nice people.
They respect each other and nature and love to share a good story and laugh.
They are also very helpful and will give you tips and advice if they see that you are uncertain or struggling with something.
Additionally, archery itself will make you have a great time. You will love the rhythm of nocking the arrow, drawing, anchoring and letting the arrow fly.
The joy you feel when you hear the arrow hits the target, and you find out you made a nice shot is really stimulating!
Now that you know my favorite health benefits of archery, I want you to go out there and enjoy this fabulous activity.
It is fun AND healthy. What else could we ask for?
Be sure that you don’t fall into one of the archery mistake traps. Read my post about the most common archery mistakes to stay away from those traps.
If you are just getting started you can find a guide here, which you will find useful.
I hope you enjoy archery as much as I do.
If you have any question or want to share your experiences with me and the other readers, please leave a comment below and I will be happy to get in contact with you.