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If you are unfamiliar with the demands of the sport then you may be surprised to learn that there are several health benefits to participating in this activity.

Upper Body Strength, Balance, Coordination, Mental Focus. These are all factors that play a part in this sport.

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, with repetition, it will lead to muscles developing in the most major muscle groups of the body.

Balance-  When aiming and making a shot you must have control over your body as you focus to hit the target. To stay steady you have to have the balance. The more you practice, the more your core muscles will become accustomed to balancing your body and improve your stability as you take aim.

Coordination-  Hand eye coordination is an essential skill for archery. It trains your hands to work together while performing different tasks, aiming and firing your arrow based on input from your eyes. The more you practice, the better your coordination will become.

Mental Focus-  The more focused you are on the target, the easier it will be for you to clear your mind and aim precisely. Successfully focusing at the task at hand is a skill that can be carried over to everyday life, clearing the mind of worry and overcoming distraction is a health benefit in itself!

Not only are there health benefits when participating in archery. It is also a fun sport that can be done recreationally or competitively. It is one of the few sports that allow everyone from all skill levels to stand on the same line and shoot at the same time, making it a great family activity that can be done together, which these days I believe is a massive benefit in itself!


Kerrie Lane
Level 3 NTS Archery Coach
TC Almon Recreation Center



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