Health advantages of shooting sports

Whether you’re sighting in for hunting season, practicing for personal defense, or just out for a recreational activity, going to a shooting range is a stress-relieving adventure. Believe it or not, the benefits of participating in shooting sports can improve your health both physically and mentally. Shooting sports can help build many physical disciplines that are not only healthy but enjoyable. Increased strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills are just a few of the physical disciplines acquired in the shooting sports that apply, not only to this sport, but to all of life. Its like yoga for me, but louder. 

Burns Calories: The average woman will burn 170 calories an hour pistol shooting or trap shooting (if standing). Of course it is more if you are walking the 100 to 300 yards back and forth to check out how you did on the target. 

Arm and core strength: Shooting a gun requires strong, sturdy arms and hands; in order to aim and shoot your target you must keep your hands and arms steady.Remaining perfectly still in your shooting stance while aiming your gun at the target exercises your core muscles, which supports proper posture. 

Being Present: Keeping your eyes on the target while aiming a gun requires a lot of focus. My favorite benefit is that shooting is a meditation for me and it makes me shut my brain off. Removing your mind from any other activities, you find yourself in the present moment in which there is only one thing at hand to do, and it straight in front of you.

Eyesight: Shooting actually exercise your eye and it gives your eyes a break from staring at screens. It makes you un-plug and shut off your computer, TVs, phones and tablets, and you will be relieving eye stress.

Increases mental discipline: To the surprise of many, shooting sports are primarily mental sports. Experienced marksmen say sport shooting is 90% mental. Concentration levels are sharpened and expanded. Multiple problem solving activities involving logic, mathematics and creative thinking (thinking “outside the box”) are needed and employed to succeed at any level of the shooting sports.

Advances personal responsibility: Personal responsibility is taught throughout the shooting sports to advance both safety and skill development. Shooting sports also cultivate personal responsibility because they are a foundation for both security and liberty and it might even help you get the groceries. 

Courage and confidence: For some people, shooting may seem like a very dangerous or scary thing to do. However, being trained properly is a great way to build confidence and courage. I encourage all women to find someone who can train you properly in your area. 

Breaks down glycogen: Hold a weapon and firing it can be an exhilarating thing to do! Your adrenaline will be spiked and causing a surge of energy to pulse through your blood. Increased levels of adrenalin in your blood signal your liver to break down glycogen, the substance that provides your muscles with glucose, the primary source of fuel in your body. 

Improves physical balance: Holding still strengthens the abdominal muscles and allows the weight of the upper body to be evenly distributed over the front and back, improving your balance.

Promotes liberty: Shooting sports provide a natural environment to educate all citizens with an historically honest view of freedom. It is no mistake that the tools mastered in the shooting sports have been called “the people’s liberty teeth.” This is one of the reasons the Second Amendment in America’s Bill of Rights was adopted.

Gets your Vitamin D - If you are lucky enough to get to shoot outside in the sunshine, you will also naturally be giving your body some vitamin D. Don't forget to wear your Conqueror Cream for natural sun protection on your face. Conqueror Cream is a nice tinted day cream with natural spf ingredients. 

And if you want to look good and protect your hearing, get the Girls with Guns hoodie with ear protection Designed with a sharp shooter in mind, we’ve created the most functional hoodie any gun girl could have.  With built in hearing protection, you’ll never hit the range without it! 

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