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The Top 5 Health and Fitness Benefits of Hunting and Shooting

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For many people in the U.S., hunting is a sport that they enjoy on a regular basis. Whether they are able to engage in hunting near their home or they go away for weekend hunting trips, it can prove to be relaxing for those who enjoy the sport, and it allows them to get outdoors and enjoy nature without the hustle and bustle of city-life. Did you know that not only can hunting be relaxing and a great time to socialize with friends, it also offers some health and fitness benefits? Here’s a look at the top five benefits it’s known for.

Improve Your Balance

In hunting, there is a whole lot of staying still, staying quiet, and remaining perfectly balanced in one spot so you don’t spook off the animals. What this means is that you will be working on your physical balance a whole lot during a hunting outing. Even when you aim your gun it takes balance to keep it steady and make sure that you are on target.


Improving your balance requires you to work on your core muscles, which become stronger over time and allow for better posture when you sit, walk, and stand. Having a strong core can also help to protect you from pain and discomfort in your back, shoulders, and neck.

Carrying Your Equipment Can be Equivalent to Lifting Weights

Have you ever stopped and taken a close look at all the equipment you take with you? It’s not just your rifle or gun; it’s also all the extra equipment. Maybe you’ve got stuff like a Vortex Strikefire 2 battery packed, an extra scope, and your ammunition; the list can go on and on. Each of these items adds weight to your pack and what you will carry. Now, depending on how far you trek, and how long you’re out there, that’s quite the workout lugging all that weight around.

An Impressive Cardio Workout

This brings us to the next health benefit, the fact you will be working on your cardio the entire time you are trekking through the woods. The woods are known for uneven terrain, hills, rocks, etc., all of which requires even more effort on your part to traverse. This ends up being an excellent form of cardio, which is great for your entire body – especially your heart.

Get That Precious Time Outdoors

Nowadays, it seems as though people spend less and less time outdoors, which can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being. Hunting forces you to get outdoors, breathe in that fresh air, explore nature, and really become one with it.

An Excellent Mental Workout

And it’s not just your body that is getting a workout; it’s also your mind. When you are hunting, you are forced to focus on that one activity and nothing else. It tends to provide mental relaxation for people, as all other thoughts, stresses, and worries are pushed out.

Taking Advantage of the Health and Fitness Benefits

While you may not initially think of hunting as a workout, in fact, it has all kinds of health and fitness benefits attached to it. So why not give it a try?

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Robert D. Cobb
Founder, Publisher and CEO of INSCMagazine. Works have appeared and featured in places such as Forbes, Huffington Post, ESPN and NBC Sports to name a few. Follow me on Twitter at @RobCobb_INSC, email me at [email protected]

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