Exercises to Up Your Shooting Game

The spring and summer seasons are the best time to practice perfecting your shot and getting yourself into peak shape for the new shooting year. Although shooting may not at first seem like a sport that you need to be particularly fit for, strength and flexibility play a big part in the way you shoot. That’s why it’s important to take a little time out of your schedule to work on your fitness and flexibility. You wouldn’t restrict your movement wearing ill-fitting shooting clothing, so why restrict your range by not paying attention to your own body? Here are a few exercises that you can do each morning to ensure you’re in shooting shape:

A man in shooting clothing with a shotgun

Knees to Chest Stretch

This stretch will work on a number of muscles, including your core, legs and arms. Lie flat on a soft but even surface before raising your knees up as close to your chest as is comfortable. Wrap your arms around your knees and gently rotate your legs from side to side, touching the surface with your knees on each rotation. Use your core stomach muscles for stability and stop if at any point it becomes uncomfortable. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed throughout and breathe deeply in and out. Complete between 10-20 reps before relaxing your body back into a completely flat position once again.

Leg Stretches

Lying flat on the floor, bring your feet to a 90-degree angle and wiggle your toes. Then point your toes forward, hold this position for a few seconds and return to the 90-degree angle. This can simply be done in bed either in the morning or just before heading to sleep. Repeat the movement 5-10 times and this will help to engage and stretch out the muscles in both your legs and feet.

Leg Swings

Leg swings are a great exercise for stretching the hip and leg muscles. Quite simply, stand side on to the back of a chair (or other object to help with stability), put one hand on the chair and the other on your hip. Then gently and slowly swing your inner leg backwards and forwards for 5-10 reps. Next, with your outer leg, raise the leg to a 45-degree angle (or as close as you can) out to the side for 5-10 reps. You can then turn 180 degrees to face the opposite way and replicate the same exercises on that alternate legs.

Arm Rotations

Arm rotations can help to loosen up your upper body and arms; fluidity of movement in these parts is key to being a good shot. As we age, the range of movement can often be limited; therefore, this is particularly important. Stand up straight and bring your arms out to the side at a 90-degree angle, and then try bringing your arms up to the side, continuing towards your hair, bending at the elbow a little as you raise. Finally, bring your arms up into a fully stretched position in front of your body and then back down to your sides. Each movement should be replicated between 5 and 10 times.

These exercises should take between 5 and 10 minutes to do each day; even a few times a week should have you seeing a difference in your range of movement. Do you have any particular stretches or exercise routines that help with your fitness? We’d love to hear from you via our social media channels!

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