Archery is one of the oldest martial arts still practiced, from the Stone Age to the Egyptians to the Chinese to Japanese martial arts and archery’s unique power is measured in high speed and accuracy, generated by the force of the arrow as it springs from your bow and speeds towards the target.
In archery, all of our physical and mental systems must be in accord and on high alert. Archery requires and enhances focus, body strength, situational awareness and heightened discipline. This warrior sport hones our capacity to block out distractions, even the most difficult stresses, and helps us to zero in on the most important moment, THE PRESENT, which is the real power-point in time.
TOP 9 HEALTH BENEFITS OF ARCHERY
1) Improved hand-eye coordination and balance: Archery trains the hands to work together while performing different tasks, aiming and firing the arrow based on input from your eyes. Coordination improves with repetition and practice. Balance is also paramount to success in archery, as the body must be held still while aiming and making a shot.
2) Hand and finger flexibility: Finger and hand strength increase in archery. They also become more flexible because they are fully in use while aiming at the target .
3) Strength building: The arms, core, hands, chest and shoulders are all used when practicing a proper draw. Similar to lifting weights, the tension on these muscle groups is typically maintained for several seconds before the archer releases the string to fire an arrow. With repetition, the act of drawing and firing a bow leads to muscle development in most of the major muscle groups of the upper body.
4) Increased patience: Most people can benefit from a lesson in patience, and archery helps with that. This is a sport that requires patience because it is not about speed but about precision and precision can take time
5) Increased focus: Archers need to tune out all distractions, focus on their form, and release the bowstring consistently. The concentration practiced during archery can help with coping in high-pressure situations, and in day-to-day life as well .
6) Improves confidence: In archery, competition can be against others or against oneself. Because of this, results are measurable and improvement in one’s form and technique results in a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.
7) Is a social sport: People of any age and from many walks of life enjoy archery. It also teaches the benefits of teamwork in some cases with some competitions involving groups of people.
8) Is a form of exercise: Prevention magazine says drawing a bow burns about 140 calories per half-hour, the same as walking at a brisk, 3.5-mph pace.
9) Relaxation: Releasing an arrow, watching it fly and having it hit a target can relieve stress. The act of focusing while building strength and confidence is overall a satisfying and relaxing experience.