Almost everybody has encountered archery, although far fewer have ever tried their hand at it. It is a popular sport and hobby that enjoys its status as an Olympic sport and is frequently seen on television. It is also one of the oldest forms of defence and hunting and envokes a very primal sense within us, making it a popular weapon on the big screen too.
What you may not be aware of is that there are numerous positive physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from archery. These include improving your physical health, boosting focus and concentration, developing your patience and promoting self-confidence. Read on to discover why you should give archery a go.
1. It’s fun
First and foremost archery, is just a fun hobby to have – and it can be enjoyed and participated in a variety of ways. This includes shooting with a friend, joining a league or a club or attending local tournaments and competitions.
You can be as relaxed or competitive as you like, from relaxing or shooting with someone for pleasure participating in competition which can lead to great enjoyment.
2. Boost your physical health
Archery is a brilliant hobby to support your physical health, It encourages you to work out and helps keep your body in good condition by helping you to burn calories, improve muscle build-up and increase your cardio capacity.
As an activity that is generally performed on the feet and involves a reasonable amount of walking, it is a great way to burn calories in a relatively effortless way.
At the same time, using a bow requires the use of various muscle groups, especially the back, shoulders and arm. When using the correct form and technique, it is also great for engaging your core especially. If you want to take things even further, why not have a go at 3D shoots or bow hunting.
3. Improve your focus and attention
The ability to focus as effectively and clearly as you can, along with having good patience to achieve an effective accurate shot, are just some of the key skills that archery demands.
With practice, archery will teach you how to focus on your form, control your breathing and focus on your target as you line up to fire the arrow. This won’t happen overnight, but with enough practise and focus and these skills will develop considerably over time, resulting in benefits in other areas of life.
Archery also requires discipline to achieve the results required for success.
4. Low Cost
Archery is simple and low cost to get started, especially if you live near an archery club or a group. If, however, you cannot access these places then it is easy to use the internet to obtain equipment that you may need, which can be purchased online for minimal cost.
There’s also lots of free content online that can be useful when learning the hobby.
5. Improve self-confidence
Another positive benefit of archery is that it promotes the development of self-confidence.
Learning how to successfully execute the accurate movements required for archery and knowing that you have practised and worked to achieve this successfully can really boost your self-esteem and confidence, as can seeing your improvement on the target – there are few things more rewarding than hitting your first bulls-eye.
6. A year-round hobby
Archery is a hobby that can be enjoyed all year round regardless of the weather conditions.
As there are a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities, it is a versatile hobby that can be adapted to the seasons and enjoyed all year round regardless of the weather.
7. A lifelong pastime
Archery is a pastime that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, making it a versatile lifelong hobby that is perfect for family, friends and groups to enjoy together.