Archery and Fitness, Part 2

Shooting around the country, I have noticed a number of heavy archers. Being overweight is not isolated to archery.


Too often we over eat and gain excess calories. These calories add up, putting us at high risk for declining fitness. Improper diet and a lack of exercise lead to becoming overweight and perhaps finding archery more and more difficult to perform. Long term this often results in individuals needing medical attention. Weight control and exercise are excellent low cost methods of preventative medicine. They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and a variety of sleep disorders.


A good diet is easier than it seems. Count your caloric intake, and measure it against your daily caloric burn. It only takes a deficit of 3,500 calories per week to lose one pound per week. Removing chips, candy, ice cream, and fast food from your diet and adding exercise is a better healthy life style. Of course, you will find excuses to skip exercise and grab a burger at the drive-thru window. Of that, we are all guilty. But, remember, everything comes with a price.

Thrill in the Hills3
Trail running is a blast

Someone recently said to me, “I am here for a good time, not a long time.” He is getting his wish. He is 48-years-old, has had both hips replaced, smokes, drinks excessively, is obese, has obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and the list goes on. I expect he will get his wish – he will mostly likely be here a short time. He has been a hospital patient more times than I can recall. Where is the fun in that?

Adding a general fitness program to your archery training can improve your overall health

Eagleman Bike

Making time to exercise should be paramount on your list of daily living activities. I travel a lot to compete in archery, which means I must plan my fitness training in advance. There is a YMCA at nearly all my destinations. I use the YMCA to swim. Running is easier; it is always available and cheap. Cycling is more demanding. If I’m traveling by car, I often bring a bike. Beforehand, I search Map My Ride for courses other cyclists have downloaded. Or I call the local bike shop to see if they have a scheduled ride from their shop while I am in town.


Over the years, I have created a network of friends across the globe with whom I train. This is true for endurance sports as well as archery.

Someone yelled, “Get Him!” and they were all looking at me.

Talk among the friends you shoot with, start your own fitness group. You will have support and it will promote espirit de corps. Make a plan to become better fit for hunting, 3D tournaments, and the rigors of long indoor competition. Take time for your health; you desire it.

You may enjoy running in a group, especially if that group’s members are your fellow archers