Just as with any exercise, bowhunting requires the right form if you really want to improve your abilities. In fact, your stance is one of the first steps you should focus on mastering as it will enable you to take advantage of the necessary upper body alignment and rotation necessary for the serious bowhunter. However, we all too often skip this important step in archery when we first begin, and it can be difficult to break old habits.
Whether you have long been bowhunting using the wrong stance or are still new to the sport and want to ensure you learn the right way, now’s the time to understand what you can do to ensure you get it right. By following these tips, you can both increase your abilities and precision in bowhunting as well as enjoy a higher degree of comfort.
Focus on Breathing and Circulation
Let’s face it. Life is busy, and few of us have the ability to focus on proper posture throughout the course of the entire day. You have stressful projects at work, homework to help with, laundry to do, and so many other things. However, it’s been shown that proper breathing and circulation can help increase the quality of your stance, and just a few ways you can improve yours include:
- Invest in a heated mattress pad that promotes good circulation and can even help you stop from freezing at night.
- Enroll in a meditation class such as Yoga that will make you more aware of the correct breathing methods you should be using.
- If you spend long periods of time sitting, make sure you take breaks by getting up and walking around at least once every 45 minutes.
Be Aware of the Correct Stance to Use
You can’t very well assume the right stance when you’re not even sure what it looks or feels like. It can take some getting used to, but, when you pay attention and set aside time every day to actually practice this stance, you can eventually start to get used to it and begin to find yourself assuming proper posture without even thinking about it. The following is the way the American Chiropractic Association suggests you should actually be standing not only when bowhunting but also in everyday life:
- Ensure your weight is mostly focused on the balls of the feet
- Keep your stomach tucked in
- Keep your feet approximately shoulder-width apart
- Focus on keeping yourself standing tall and keep your shoulders pulled back
This may feel strange at first, but you’ll quickly discover that it is much more comfortable, makes you appear more confident, and can even lead to advancements in life.
Buy a Corrective Device
There is an easy way to get into the habit of assuming proper stance, and this involves the purchase of a corrective device. These products are worn under your regular clothes and helps the body to automatically assume the right stance. Comfortable and undetectable under your regular clothing, posture correctors can quickly prove to be well worth the investment.
Improving Your Bowhunting and Your Overall Health
Proper stance and posture is crucial in maximizing your accuracy when it comes to bowhunting, but these tips can also help you maintain a better posture every day. It’s estimated by the Arthritis Disease Center that approximately 65 percent of Americans suffer with poor posture, and this can ultimately lead to a number of negative side effects including:
- Increase in depression
- Problems with digestion
- Shoulder, back, and neck pain
- Tension headaches
- Difficulty breathing
Not only does poor stance make it more difficult to succeed as a bowhunter, but the side effects can make it much less likely you’ll even feel like engaging in the sport to begin with. Even if you’ve been practicing the wrong stance for a number of years, it’s never too late to learn a new habit. These simple tips can help you achieve a natural bowhunting stance that will allow you to take the sport to a new level.