The mental benefits of archery are listed as follows:
- Increased memory function.
- Better sensory awareness.
- Higher observational skills.
- Increased logic skills.
- Increased problem solving skills.
- Increased concentration skills.
- Increased pattern recognition skills.
- Increased mathematical skills and numerical aptitude.
- Spatial awareness skills.
- Better understanding of yourself (intrapersonal skills).
- More complex thinking strategies (eg. being able to think about multiple things simultaneously).
- Decreased chances of developing Alzheimer's Disease and similar diseases.
- Higher order reasoning skills.
The physical benefits of archery are listed as follows:
- Increased fat loss.
- Increased strength / muscle mass.
- Increased endurance.
- Improved cardiovascular system.
- Increased hand-eye coordination.
- Increased balance.
- Improved overall health (including your immune system).
And lastly, the social benefits of archery - since archery tends to be a rather social activity - are listed as follows:
- Increased linguistic and verbal skills.
- Increased understanding of body language and non-verbal communication.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Increased empathy.
- Better emotional processing.
Archery will make you Smarter, Stronger and more Social. What it is good for? Lots.
Naysayers of this might also point out that bowhunting, bowfishing, competing in archery competitions are also potentially useful, but frankly those are things that limited in their application. You would have to go out of your way to deliberately hunt, fish, or compete. In contrast, the mental, physical and social benefits will effect your life on a regular (if not constant) basis, especially if you become a regular at your local archery range.
Oh and one last benefit. Archery is FUN! What other reason do you need???
The photo below was taken when myself and two friends all brought our antique Browning bows to the archery range and we lined them up to compare them. :)