: 30 What Are the Health Benefits of Archery?
Though archery is often perceived as a stationary sport, competitive archers actually require a significant amount of strength, endurance and focus to perform well. If you aren't familiar with the demands of the sport then you may be surprised to learn that there are several health benefits to participating in archery. In addition to physical benefits, archery can improve your mental health as well.
Upper Body Strength: Drawing a bow string places stress on the muscles of both arms as well as the chest, shoulders and back. Similar to lifting weights, this stress is typically maintained for several seconds before the archer releases the string to fire an arrow. With repetition, the stress of drawing and firing a bow leads to muscle development in most of the major muscle groups of the upper body.
Balance:Balance is vital to success in archery as you have to be able to hold your body still while aiming and making a shot.
Coordination:Hand-eye coordination is an essential skill for archery. Archery trains your hands to work together while performing different tasks, aiming and firing your arrow based on input from your eyes.
Walking: During a competition, archers can walk as much as 5 miles while performing common tasks at the archery range and moving from one position to another.
Mental Focus:Focus is important to success as an archer, and developing focus can have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. The more focused you are on your target, the easier it will be for you to clear your mind and aim precisely both in practice and in competitions. These same skills will help you to deal with stress and clear your mind of worry when you're away from the archery range and will help you to remain more focused on tasks as well. The focus you learn from archery may even help you to overcome procrastination and distraction.
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