Although a predominantly recreational sport, archery offers several health benefits both physically and mentally. Have you ever wondered how archery can strengthen your muscles and put you in better health? Yes? Then read on...
Archery is a great upper body strength builder, similar to lifting weights. Pulling and drawing back your bow requires a several second hold that places stress on both your arms and chest as well as your shoulders and back. Repetition leads to muscle development in most of the major muscle groups of your upper body.
Balance is vital to the success of your archery score because you have to be able to hold your body still while aiming and making that perfect shot. Just practicing the sport of archery helps you gain control over your balance as you focus on the target.
Another essential skill for archery is hand-eye coordination. Archery can actually train your hands to work together with your eyes while aiming and firing your arrow.
Shooting archery can be a great walking exercise. During competitions, you'll walk from target to target in short intervals improving your cardiovascular health, muscle tone and leg strength.
Mental focus is important to success as an archer. Developing focus can have a positive impact on your mental health and well being. The focus you learn from archery may even help you to overcome procrastination and distraction.
If you're interested in learning more about archery, or just want to give it a try, call or stop into Indian Lake Outfitters. We're open Tuesday thru Saturday with an outdoor archery range from 10am-6pm.
We offer equipment rental and lessons for the beginning archer as well as annual or quarterly range membership for the experienced archer. Gift certificates are also available.
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