Bodybuilding and Archery
Believe it or not Bodybuilders enjoy Archery in their free time because Archery seems like an easy sport, but actually requires a fit body and a keen mind. Nothing better than working the mind after lifting the weights. Archery is wonderful at training the mind to concentrate and not hold back.
Warming up and stretching before shooting reduces tension in the body and prevents injury. Take the time to stretch before picking up the bow and arrow, so you concentrate better and feel better while you make the bulls-eye.
Make sure you have a warmed up body. Bodies stretch better when they are warm. Walking fast or jogging for 8 to 10 minutes warms up the body good.
Stretch the Feet and Ankles
- Start with your lower body. Even though archery consists of upper body movement, the lower body plays an important role in balance and stamina.
- Sit and cross one leg over the other knee.
- Take one hand and grab hold of the ankle.
- The other hand grabs hold of the bottom of your toes.
- Hold the ball of the foot with one hand.
- Breathing, pull the toes toward shins.
- Do the other ankle.
- Sit on the ground.
- Spread the legs out.
- Take one leg and set the heel of the foot against the groin of the extended leg.
- Let out your breath and lean forward. Grab your extend leg’s foot while pulling the foot toward your upper body.
- Perform stretch on opposite leg.
Nice and Easy Stretch for Quadriceps
- Hold on to a chair, tree or table for balance.
- Stand on one foot. Bend your keen as you raise your heel to your buttocks.
- Tighten your supporting leg to keep balanced. Breathe and raise our foot with your hand. Keep the knee in place as you slowly pull your heel to your buttocks.
- Repeat on opposite leg.
Upper Back Stretch
- Feel the stretch between your shoulders.
- Sit on the ground with knees fairly flexed.
- Rest your upper torso on knees. Wrap your arms and hands around your knees.
- Lean forward and breathe. Keep your feet on the ground.
- Roll your back into your knees.
Stretch Arms and Wrists
- For a more effective stretch lean elbow against a wall while you interlock fingers.
- Stand with one arm behind your back.
- Reach as far up your back as possible.
- Place the other arm up over the back. Bend the elbow.
- Reach for the other hand to interlock your fingers.