Ever since the Hunger Games movies became monstrous hits, every girl wanted to be Katniss Everdeen. The consistent popularity of medieval-themed films such as Lord of the Rings and TV series such as Game of Thrones has suddenly made archers very attractive.
Shooting arrows is not as effortless as it looks in the movies, though; even Katniss had to train for her extraordinary skills. Trying to decide if archery is the sport for you? Here are the reasons why more and more people are putting time into their bows and arrows.
1 ) Everyone can do it and it’s a lifetime sport
Archery is both an Olympic and Paralympic sport. Whether you’re male or female, young or old, able-bodied or disabled, there’s room for you at the archery range. Even those in wheelchair can still shoot arrows! This is why you see young kids and retirees having a grand time at the range and there are people in their senior years competing at national competitions.
2 ) It’s a great exercise for the upper body
Shooting arrows involves the use of your deltoids or shoulder muscles, as well as your back muscles and arms. Drawing the string backwards and holding it before releasing it to let go of the arrow develops the strength and endurance of the muscles involved. Perfecting the form of an archer requires dong this hundreds or thousands of times so imagine the workout your upper body will gain.
3 ) You can shoot arrows, rain or shine
Archery is not a seasonal sport and you can shoot arrows indoors if the weather is too harsh outside. You can shoot 18 meters indoors and 20 to 70 meters outdoors, depending on your age and the type of equipment that you use.
4 ) It has a practical use
If ever a zombie apocalypse happens and you are forced to live out your days at the woods, you will never starve if you know how to shoot arrows – you can easily hunt for food.
Fortunately, archery ranges are now steadily increasing so you can always shoot some arrows wherever you are. If you’re in South Africa and you’re looking for archery facilities, look no further than Ivory Tree Game Lodge. Situated at the crater of a long-extinct volcano at Pilanesberg Game Reserve, this malaria-free lodge is the perfect venue for a five-star, worry-free safari adventure.
The lodge’s rooms and suites are strategically positioned to enable guests to take advantage of the magnificent views of mountain scenery or the central open area. All accommodations are equipped with en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-maker, air-conditioning, and mini-bar refrigerators.
Central guest areas include a bar, lounge, dining room, and feature rock pool, all arranged with first-class standards in mind. Speaking of first class standards, our excellent staff provides the kind of service expected in five-star accommodations.
The property is located within the transition zone between the dry desert and grassy landscape, making the park home to a fascinating mix of mammals, birds, and vegetation. Guests who are looking for the ultimate nature experience in a luxury setting will definitely find it here at Ivory Tree Game Lodge.