Using a bow and arrow dates back to 50,000 BC, but back then the practice was more of a functional apparatus: hunting and survival. Around 2800 BC, the bow and arrow were more often used as a defense mechanism in Egyptian civilization. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the bow and arrow became an enjoyable sport in England. Now, archery is a popular sport that has been able to gain people’s interest to take archery lessons. However, while some may see archery as a fun hobby, there is actually much more to it than meets the eye.
Every archer knows that archery provides more than a mere enjoyment. The practice of drawing a bow and shooting arrows has a great number of benefits to it. Archery builds muscle strength and muscle endurance; the practice requires solid core strength and control of your shoulders, chest, arms, and hands. In archery, the tension on these muscles groups is typically maintained for several seconds before the archer releases the string to shoot an arrow. With repetition, this act leads to muscle development in most of the major muscle groups of the upper body. Archery also works on your posture and balance since the core also becomes better at gaining control of the body’s balance as you practice on regular basis.
Little did people know, archery also has a positive impact on one’s mental health. The act of focusing on a target, drawing the bow and firing the arrow certainly takes great focus and confidence. Before competing against others, an archer actually competes against himself. As he practices over and over again, he will see improvement in his form and techniques, and this boosts his confidence. The confidence and improved mental focus gained in archery can help an archer to cope in high-pressure situations in daily life.